This year is the 50th anniversary of the visit to Smethwick of the black rights activist Malcolm X
Skidmore says: “Although our groundbreaking ‘How D’you Know That?’ project is now over two years old, the issues surrounding it are still garnering much interest. Heritage Lottery funding enabled us to commission a play inspired by Malcolm X’s visit, which was performed in our search room, with archives for props.”
Finally, we also caught up with Heidi McIntosh, Archives Manager at Wolverhampton City Archives. She reported that they are currently working on a Heritage Lottery Fund project with the local newspaper, the
to digitise around 250,000 photographs from this regional daily’s archives. The images span the length of the title’s 140-year history, and will be made freely available online.
Heidi also listed some of the important local business collections held here. “We have significant collections of material from Bilston Steelworks, Wednesfield Weldless Steel Tube Co Ltd, Macrome Ltd, Thomas Russell Ltd/ Great Western Brewery, Mander Brothers Ltd paintworks, John Thompson Limited engineering company, George Carter Pressings, Edwin Preston Ltd (manufacturer of weights, handbells and laboratory apparatus), Joseph Sankey & Sons Ltd (GKN Sankey Ltd), the Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Company (Great Britain) Ltd, and Tarmac.”