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Welcome to Hagley Historical and Field Society website. On these pages you will discover something of the history of Hagley and details of our activities. You will find a warm welcome at our meetings which are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month. We enjoy a wide variety of speakers talking on a range of topics relating to the history of Worcestershire, the West Midlands and beyond. Visitors are also welcome to join the full programme of walks and visits. Whilst the majority of our members are happy to enjoy the meetings and other activities, a small group is engaged in active local research; some of their publications may be viewed on this site.

 

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Latest News and Updates

Meeting – ‘The Mills on Dowles Brook in the Wyre Forest’ – Tuesday 6th January 2015

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Our next meeting on Tuesday 6th January 2015 at 8pm sees Tim Booth presenting ‘The Mills on Dowles Brook in the Wyre Forest‘. He will takes us back to the start of the Industrial Revolution and how iron working brought employment and affluence to a rural backwater.

Commences 8pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall, DY9 0NS. Visitors £2, including refreshments. Annual membership £10


Newsletter – November 2014

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Bartolomeo Cristofori called his invention of 1709 the “Arpicimbalo del piano e forte” and fortunately for subsequent generations this soon became shortened and today we know it as the “piano”.

The Story of the Piano was the subject of our speaker this month Andrew Crabtree. However, this was a story with a difference because Andrew is an accomplished musician and with his electronic keyboard it was more an intimate concert than a talk. He played us twelve pieces ranging from the Romantic music exemplified by the middle movement of Beethoven’s Pathétique Sonata through Schubert, Schumann and Chopin to the Jazz age with Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag. We are hoping that Andrew can be persuaded to return for another presentation next season and perhaps he will include a bit of George Gershwin and maybe Ludovico Einaudi and Michael Nyman.

Our monthly Sunday afternoon walk in November was through Hagley Park. Nineteen members and visitors were blessed with a mild and sunny late autumn afternoon to view the renovated cascades which were in full flow due to the heavy rain of previous days.

Our meeting on Tuesday 6th January at 8pm sees Tim Booth presenting ‘The Mills on Dowles Brook in the Wyre Forest’. He will takes us back to the start of the Industrial Revolution and how ironworking brought employment and affluence to a rural backwater. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see hhfs.org.uk for details and contacts.


Hagley: A Village at War 1914 – 1918

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Society has now launched a new book entitled ‘Hagley: A Village at War 1914 – 1918’, researched and written by local author and member, Pat Dunn. It is based on the ‘Hagley Parish Magazines’ of the period and describes how the people of Hagley dealt with the problems presented by the Great War on the Home Front. The people and places featured on the front cover of June’s issue of the Hagley Village News feature in the book along with many others.

The book is priced at £4 and can be purchased at the Hagley Library or ordered online. Click on the book cover below to view the first few pages.

Click on book to view first few pages