I don't often talk sport on this blog, but I can make an exception today. While researching my book Forging Ahead, on the Black Country in the post-war decades, it quickly became obvious that alongside the economic and industrial vigour that helped the region hold its head high, its sporting success also cemented the Black … Continue reading Place to Place: Stan Cullis and Wulfrunians on The Wirral
Place to Place: M. Joseph, Smethwick’s Celebrity Chef
M. Joseph, photographed by Carjat for The Sketch, 13 April 1898 This post is (albeit tangentially) part of a series about translocality in relation to the Black Country: see other posts here. Over this spring/summer I've had a lot of fun running walks, workshops etc. for the Chance Heritage Trust, and this is a story … Continue reading Place to Place: M. Joseph, Smethwick’s Celebrity Chef
Place To Place: Translocality from Bilston to Barnsley
Monckton Colliery, Royston, South Yorkshire (source) This post follows the last about 19th century Irish people moving from Joyce Country to the Black Country. Full disclosure - some of this research was for the Black Country Living Museum. Firstly, my thanks to Dr Lucie Matthews-Jones who introduced me to the concept. You can read about … Continue reading Place To Place: Translocality from Bilston to Barnsley
Black Country Irish: Wednesbury
The town of Wednesbury was home to probably the most significant Irish population in the Black Country, after Wolverhampton. The nationalist journalist Hugh Heinrick reckoned that in 1872 there was at least 3,000 in the Irish community (based on his own definition of Irishness, in which one Irish voter probably equates to about 7 Irish men, … Continue reading Black Country Irish: Wednesbury
There's been a lot said in the last few days about migrants - how they should be listed and categorised, how people's "legitimate concerns" over influxes of labour should be heard, how funding should be changed so we don't have to invite so many, say, doctors to work here. I am not a migrant in … Continue reading Legitimate concerns?