Tamworth History Group
Tamworth History Group was formed in October 2013 following collaboration between Tamworth Library and three researchers who were members of Tamworth Heritage Trust and has met regularly once a month since then. Initially much support was provided by Ian Burley from Tamworth Library and Matthew Blake, Participation and Engagement Officer, Archives and Heritage at Staffordshire County Council. Support is still provided by the Library with provision of a meeting room and a close relationship Matthew Blake continues to exist.
Several members of the Group have carried out research in areas of local history of interest to them. This has included the examination and analysis of some 300 settlement deeds recently uncovered as St Editha’s and looking in some detail at woman in Tamworth and World War 1.
Speakers are arranged for each meeting and have included Roger Bragger (Lawrence’s Air Force), Nigel Morris (The Peels), Maurice Arnold (Wilnecote), David Biggs (Tamworth & District Civic Society), Anthony Poulton- Smith (his publications), Christopher Jones (Midland Canals), John Tracey (Tamworth Streets), Margaret Jackman (John Rawlet) Margaret Henley (Polesworth History) and Rachel Cooksey (World War 1 Tribunals). To celebrate our third anniversary we welcomed back Roger Bragger who delighted us with the convoluted family relationships that led us to 6 Prime Ministers. This research by Roger had begun when he purchased some medals belonging to A.J.V. Hon. Peel of whom he knew very little. He then searched for a photograph and this led him to the Merevale Estate and the Dugdale family. What he has unearthed is a fascinating look into Victorian and Edwardian marriages, offspring and politics. It included a delightful slide show of images from the past and the links across the ages to former Prime Ministers including David Cameron.
We meet on the second Monday in each month from 10.30 until 12.30. However, the November meeting is on the 7th and not 14th when Bob Meeson will be giving a talk on “The origin of St Editha’s Church”.
The group is informal. There are no membership fees and all that is needed is an interest in local history.
For further information please contact Diane Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org
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