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Calling all Wolverhampton historians to symposium

City of Wolverhampton Archives are on the hunt for historians, either individuals or groups, who are willing to share their research at the city’s Local History Symposium.

The Symposium takes place on Saturday, February 15, at Wolverhampton City Archives’ Molineux Hotel Building, from 10am to 4pm.

It is an annual event that showcases new and often very significant research into the history of Wolverhampton through a series of short presentations.

As well as the chance to share findings with local history enthusiasts, speakers will also be in the running for a Local History Bursary of £400, sponsored jointly by the Express & Star and the Wolverhampton Society, to encourage and support further research into the city's varied past. Academics can apply, but they will not be eligible for the bursary if the paper forms part of their academic research.

The bursary winner will need to demonstrate a focus to their research, indicate clearly the significance of the information presented, communicate their information clearly and simply, and demonstrate that they have brought about a growth in understanding on the subject - rather than simply presenting information which is already widely known.

Heidi McIntosh, Senior Archivist for City of Wolverhampton Council, said:

“This is always a big event in the calendar year for us and we always enjoy learning new things about this wonderful city and seeing how people have interpreted the city’s heritage.

“I really hope that through this we unearth some new and interesting things that we can share with residents, locals and visitors.”

The closing date for submissions is Friday, January 10, 2020, and application forms can be obtained by emailing

Successful individuals will be informed by the end of the following week.

Ticket details for the History Symposium will be confirmed in due course.

Image caption 1: Waiting room at the Wolverhampton & Midland Counties Eye Infirmary, early 20th century

Image caption 2: The second one is a staff presentation at the Electric Construction Company Ltd, 1950s

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