The Friends of Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies started as an independent body in 2009.
We fully support and promote the work of the Archives through fund raising, providing volunteers to work on Archives projects and helping at Archives events.
The Friends enjoy a full programme of regular meetings throughout the year which are held at the Molineux Hotel, the home of the Archives service. We provide a range of speakers on a variety of history subjects and we organise occasional walks around areas of local historical interest during the summer months.
The Friends are represented on the Queen Street Heritage Project
The City of Wolverhampton Council has secured Heritage Lottery Funding to support The Queen Street Gateway Townscape Heritage Scheme. The Scheme will provide grant assistance towards the cost of external repairs and enhancements to buildings of historic interest in Queen Street. The award will help to support the city's Interchange scheme, improving an important pedestrian route from the bus and rail stations through to the city centre's main retail shopping area. £815,000 will be made available in the form of grants which will facilitate the repair and enhancement of historic buildings, focusing particularly on the reinstatement of historic shopfronts, and the provision of sound and attractive external envelopes that will encourage the full use of the buildings
Our main funding activities come from providing refreshments at Archive events such as the Local History Fair and the Local History Symposium.
At some events, we transform one of the meeting rooms into a traditional tea room with white linen table cloths and table flower arrangements. Teas, coffees and light refreshments are available with cakes and filled rolls provided and home made by our members. To complete the ambience, traditional platter table-ware is used for service.
Our fundraising has enabled us so far to purchase items such as new lenses for the Archives viewing machines and to fund the purchase of digital photographic equipment.
Friends are represented on the Express and Star Project
The project aims to carry out vital archiving work, digitise the collection and make the photographs available through a single web portal, allowing free on-line public access to the unrivalled images of local events, momentous and everyday, for the first time.
The Express & Star photo archive has been described as one of the most important regional photograph collections in the country, including photographs of royal visits and speeches by Prime Ministers, through to images of local ways of life which have since disappeared.
Development funding of £59,800 has been awarded to help progress plans to apply for a full grant at a later date
Meetings, Talks and Updates
The Friends provide Members with regular Newsletters updating them on our meetings, talks and any issues of interest that are arising.
Read some our past Newsletters here.
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