Have you ever wanted to explore the history of your family? Or your hometown? Newspapers are a fantastic tool for exploring the built history of your local area!
Join Dr Simon Briercliffe for this interactive online workshop and equip yourself with all the tools you need to conduct your own historical research using newspapers.
We’ll learn how to search, filter and interpret digitised historic newspapers to suit specific research questions. Covering subjects like crime reporting, advertising, neighbourhood stories and tracing records of people in the past.
During the live online workshop, you’ll get to:
• Learn how to access and use digitised historic newspapers in historic research
• Uncover how to conduct your own historical research under the guidance of friendly professionals
• Explore online newspaper records
• Ask questions!
Dr Simon Briercliffe (MA) is a historian (Black Country Living Museum) and Doctorial Researcher at the University of Birmingham. Simon specialises in the history of the Black Country, and has worked in museums and heritage. Alongside his research, Simon is an avid public speaker and reader, and even runs a local history blog!
Where is this event happening?
This event is happening via Zoom. Once you register, we’ll email you a Zoom link before the event begins.
Do I need any previous experience?
No, absolutely not! Everyone is welcome to join, and we’ll show you everything you need to know, and walk you step-by-step through the process of accessing and using historic newspapers for research.
Will you be recording the event?
Yes, we’ll be recording the event and all ticketholders will receive a link to replay the event for up to 7 days.
ABOUT MADE IN SMETHWICK
Made in Smethwick is an exciting season of events and activities taking place in and around Smethwick, highlighting the rich global history of local area.
Focusing on stories relating to two former industrial sites – Chance Brothers Glassworks and Soho Foundry and Mint – the events are a chance for people to explore the town’s industrial heritage, discover the history of their neighbourhood, and share their own ideas about what it’s like to live, work, and grow up in the area.
VIEW THE FULL PROGRAMME
This isn’t the only event! Check out the full programme here.
This project has been funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.
HAVE YOUR SAY: HOW SHOULD OUR OLD INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS BE USED?
Chance Heritage Trust is on a mission to raise the cultural profile of Smethwick’s industrial heritage, and bring former industrial buildings – like the iconic Chance Glassworks – back into use within the community.
Now, with help from the Community Renewal Fund, Chance Heritage Trust is starting to develop plans for the Chance Glassworks site.
This survey is part of a wider programme of community consultation, which will help to shape these plans.
How would you like to see these buildings used? And, apart from living and working spaces, what kind of opportunities and facilities should they contain for community use?