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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 Work of the Friends of Birmingham Museums 1931 – 2014′ – Tuesday 3rd February 2015

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Our next meeting on Tuesday 3rd February 2015 at 8pm sees Deborah de Haes presenting ‘The Work of the Friends of Birmingham Museums 1931 – 2014′. She will describe how the Association of Friends has supported Birmingham Museums Trust to finance some of its acquisitions and how its members volunteer in other practical ways.

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


Newsletter – December 2014

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Along with Hagley, Chaddesley Corbett has also been marking the centenary of the start of WWI. In her talk entitled ‘The Boys on the Board: Chaddesley Corbett and World War One’, Sylvia Beardshaw described how the lives of the people living in her village were so drastically affected during the conflict. Her published research has revealed not only the names of those that perished but also those who served and survived.

The book “Hagley Miscellanea” by John-Homery Folkes, the architect of St.Saviour’s Hall, was first published in 1974. It was for private circulation and only 25 copies were printed. Forty years later it is considered sufficiently interesting to merit this reprint. The author (born 1906) has gathered a wide range of reminiscences that together give a picture of Hagley’s inhabitants, houses, industries, celebrations and entertainments in the century and more before the explosion of house-building in the 1960s.

The book includes: the early days of the railway station; the building of St. Saviour’s church and planning the cemetery; houses large and small; an attempt at encroachment in Church Street; the Rifle Corps and the Range; the nursemaid question!; Hagley celebrities; the Sunday postal delivery and church attendance and an eyewitness account of the fire at Hagley Hall on Christmas Eve 1925. The “Illustrations” section includes the programme for the Coronation Celebration of June 1911.
Click on book to view first few pages
It is available from Happy Families or can be ordered online from Hagley Historical and Field Society, priced as £5.

Our meeting on Tuesday 3rd February at 8pm in St. Saviour’s Church Hall sees Deborah de Haes presenting ‘The Work of the Friends of Birmingham Museums 1931 – 2014’. She will describe how the Association of Friends has supported Birmingham Museums Trust to finance some of its acquisitions and how its members volunteer in other practical ways. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see home page 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