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May 2021

Festival of Britain Season: Abram Games and the 1951 Festival of Britain

May 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Online – Zoom,

On the 70th Anniversary of the Festival of Britain, Naomi Games will talk about the career of her father, graphic designer Abram Games. Abram Games won the competitions to design a symbol for the ’Tonic to the Nation’ and the Festival stamp. Naomi will give a personal view of her…

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The Nostalgia Series Part 1: Geoff Broadway on Living Memory

May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online – Zoom,

Introducing the Nostalgia Series Nostalgia is a contentious issue. Whilst for some it is a harmless, helpful, rose-tinted view of the past, it has also been viewed critically, as a form of regressive, reactionary and sentimental escapism. Yet there is a steadily increasing body of work that reassesses nostalgia in…

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June 2021

The Nostalgia Series Part II: Nostalgia and Oral History with Dr Rosalind Watkiss Singleton

June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online – Zoom,

Introducing the Nostalgia Series Nostalgia is a contentious issue. Whilst for some it is a harmless, helpful, rose-tinted view of the past, it has also been viewed critically, as a form of regressive, reactionary and sentimental escapism. Yet there is a steadily increasing body of work that reassesses nostalgia in…

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July 2021

Fallen: A Series of Short Films

July 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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    A sharing of short films by 3rd year University of Wolverhampton Performing Arts undergraduate students inspired by the historic Mother & Baby homes in the Black Country. Students have been supported by the Black Country Living Museum, Black Country Studies Centre & Feral Productions.  Premiering free on the University…

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The Festival of Britain: Black Country Traces with Tom Hicks

July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online – Zoom
Free

Artsfest Online and the Black Country Studies Centre are pleased to present a series of events commemorating the 70 years anniversary of the Festival and its impact in the Black Country. Artist Tom Hicks presents an exploration of the lasting influence of the Festival in the Black Country, focusing on…

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The Festival of Britain in the Black Country

July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online – Zoom
Free

Artsfest Online and the Black Country Studies Centre are pleased to present a series of events commemorating the 70 year anniversary of the Festival and its impact in the Black Country. What do a javelin, a lighthouse and a ceramic porcupine all have in common? These are just three of…

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The Nostalgia Series Part III: Dr Tom Mercer – The Psychology of Nostalgia

July 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online – Zoom
Free

Introducing the Nostalgia Series   Nostalgia is a contentious issue. Whilst for some it is a harmless, helpful, rose-tinted view of the past, it has also been viewed critically, as a form of regressive, reactionary and sentimental escapism. Yet there is a steadily increasing body of work that reassesses nostalgia…

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August 2021

Opened by Herb: Wolverhampton’s Festival Market Place

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online – Zoom
Free

Artsfest Online and the Black Country Studies Centre are pleased to present a series of events commemorating the 70 years anniversary of the Festival and its impact in the Black Country. A new location for a market in Wolverhampton was proposed in the 1930s. After World War II a more…

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The Festival of Britain in Walsall – Sian Macfarlane

August 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online – Zoom
Free

Artsfest Online and the Black Country Studies Centre are pleased to present a series of events commemorating the 70 years anniversary of the Festival and its impact in the Black Country. ‘We Are Illuminated’, undertaken with The New Art Gallery Walsall, was a project concerned with the leisure life of…

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October 2021

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Book Launch: The Dereliction by Liz Berry and Tom Hicks

October 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Black Country Living Museum, Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road
Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ United Kingdom
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This is the launch event for The Dereliction, a new book by Liz Berry and Tom Hicks. The Dereliction is a love letter to the Black Country. Liz Berry’s poems have been praised for their use of the vernacular, the twang of West Midlands dialect. Her poems are matched with Tom Hicks’s…

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