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Date(s) - 11th February 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Friends Meeting House


Keith Hodgkins will take us on a journey through space and time across the Black Country from the 1920s to the 1960s using the extensive Aerofilms archive of aerial photographs which he has been collecting for the past 30 years. Aerofilms was established in 1919 and over a period of nearly 80 years amassed an archive of over a million images of the British landscape which now represent an unparalleled historical record. The archive was purchased for the nation in 2007 by English Heritage and is now kept at the National Monuments Record in Swindon. The Black Country is well represented in the Aerofilms collection and Keith has selected some of the best images of the region’s intricate canal and railway networks and their relationship to the industries they served. A particular feature of the area was its large number of canal-railway interchange basins. Ground level images are also included to further illustrate particularly interesting aspects of the landscape which by the post WW1 era was displaying a large amount of dereliction from the defunct mining and iron making industries of the 19th century. Although the Black Country reached its peak industrial output in the mid 19th century, the images Keith will show from the middle decades of the 20th century show why the epithet was still an apt description until well into current living memory.

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Further information is available from Roger Brice (telephone: 01625 533959; email: mailto:roger.brice1945@gmail.com)