Meetings are held  on the first Thursday of each month at Molineux House Hotel, home of the Archives (unless  stated otherwise. ) Meetings start at 11.00am with refreshments available beforehand and close by 12.45 pm

Visitors are most welcome to attend the meetings (capacity permitting), and admission is £2.  There is no charge to Members.

1st February 2024

The Tom Mason Collection

A collection of photos taken by Tom Mason and friends in the 1960s and 1970s, when Wolverhampton was changing its appearance with many new developments around the town.

Pure nostalgia for those who remember the town before the Wulfrun Centre, Mander Centre, the Ring Road, Five Ways Island, Whitmore Reans

Steve Martin

7th March 2024

These Are My Designs

John Fullwood (1855-1931) was a Wolverhampton born artist who was well known for his landscape paintings, etchings and illustrations.  His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists and his drawings of Wolverhampton buildings were included in the 1880 book ‘Remnants of Old Wolverhampton’

David and Paul Fullwood (distant cousins of the artist)

4th April 2024

Red Emma

Emma Sproson (1867-1936) - Black Country Suffragette and first female Wolverhampton councillor.

Emma Sproson, was a suffragette, then a suffragist, socialist, politician and women's rights activist. Active in the Midlands and from a working class background, she became Wolverhampton's first female councillor, gaining the nickname "Red Emma" in the process

Sarah Trayers and David Sproson (Emma’s grandson)



2nd May 2024

Victorian Photographers in Wolverhampton

Frank Sharman

6th June 2024

John Louis Petit – his life and art

The recently rediscovered paintings of the Victorian artist John Louis Petit have been described as one of the greatest artistic discoveries of the last century, and he has been labelled as a “Pre-impressionist”.   This talk will describe Petit’s work and significance as an artist and a critic of church architecture but will also discuss his Wolverhampton and Black Country paintings of the iron and coal industry, and his position as one of the major landholders in the area, particularly around Bilson, Ettingshall and Lichfield.

Professor Chris Baker

4th July 2024

The History of Policing Wolverhampton from the 1830s to today

Wolverhampton had police officers at least as early as the 1830s, but it didn’t have its own dedicated force until 1848. Hear about the role of those early officers and how policing has developed in the area, as well as some notable characters and stories.

Corinne Brazier – The Police Museum

No meeting in August

5th September 2024

Habitual Drunkards, Felons and Incorrigible Rogues: Tales from the Wolverhampton Court of Quarter Sessions

Heidi McIntosh

3rd October 2024


7th November 2024

Wolverhampton and the Land Speed Record

Stories, people and images from the golden age of record breaking

Jon Everall

5th December 2024


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