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Button Factory Exhibition: 9th March 2024

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The Bromsgrove Society, in partnership with Jordan Williams Upholstery, are holding an exhibition in the Old Button Factory to tell the story of the Sanders Family and the business they operated in the town with the Nicholls family.

Last year, in a series of workshops, local residents and those with a link to the button factory, created a piece of community art using buttons to form a tabletop which will be displayed in the Bromsgrove Library. At the workshops individuals came forward to tell their stories or to recall memories from family members and friends who had been employed in the manufacturing of buttons.

The information gathered during the Button Art Project, along with historical findings about the Sanders family, will feature in the exhibition. The exhibition will be open to the public on Saturday 9th March and will take place in the newly-refurbished Old Button Factory on Windsor Street. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the exhibition from 10am until 3pm.

The Button Factory Exhibition has received funding from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, awarded via the ReNEW Small Grants Scheme, administered by the Cultural Compact.

Annual Lecture 2024: Broadcasting to the World

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On 6th September 1934 the BBC made its first broadcast from what was advertised at the time as being “the World’s most modern long wave transmitter” – the twin masts at Wychbold. Ninety years later, during 2024, the BBC will cease broadcasting through an analogue system and the masts will be taken out of service in the coming years.

At the 37th Bromsgrove Lecture, to be held at Routh Concert Hall, Bromsgrove School on Tuesday 9th April, Alastair Moseley will present “Broadcasting to the World: The Wychbold Masts Reach Every Corner”. In the presentation Alastair will describe how the BBC Transmitters came to be located near Bromsgrove, talk of their significance and why they have been important, both nationally and internationally, for the past 90 years.

Tickets for the evening event are £7.50 and include a complimentary drink after the presentation. Available online from www.bromsgrove-school.co.uk/boxoffice or in person from FotoFactory, 123 High Street, Bromsgrove (cash only please).

Bromsgrove Rousler 2023

Rousler Cover 2023The latest edition of the Bromsgrove Rousler, the popular local history magazine, is now available. The 2023 edition – number 38 in the series – features a fascinating mix of personalities and events that have helped shape Bromsgrove’s history.

Topics in this year’s Rousler are:

  • School Reorganisation in the 1970s
  • Memories of Stoke Works
  • T. D. Thomas and the Stourbridge & Kidderminster Bank
  • Finstall Park School
  • Bringing Water to Bromsgrove
  • Bromsgrove Market in the 1930s

Members will receive their copies shortly.  Find a local stockist.

See here to purchase the Rousler from our online bookstall (leaves this website)

Rouslers make an ideal Christmas present, especially for friends now living elsewhere,
and we can post to any address in the UK free of charge.
Back issues and a wide variety of books can be bought through our online bookstall.

Jennie McGregor-Smith B.E.M.

Jennie McGregor-Smith B.E.M.

We are very sad to announce the death of Jennie McGregor-Smith who died on 15th September, aged 85.

Jennie was not just a Founder Member of the Bromsgrove Society, she was its instigator. It was her letter-writing and campaigning over the preservation of the town's history that brought together a nucleus of people to discuss the formation of a civic and heritage society, and she personally organised the Society's inaugural meeting in May 1980.

She was closely involved in arts, music and community activities in Bromsgrove and beyond for many years, and wrote several popular books on local history. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

The funeral will take place on Thursday, 12th October at 2pm at Redditch Crematorium. Family flowers only, please. Donations in Jennie's memory can be made to Help Musicians. All enquiries to James Giles & Sons (01527 872318).

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