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Furnace worker Bilston Steelworks. Pic: N. Hedges

Worker, Steelworks '77. Pic: N. Hedges

Trades of Bilston

Scores of photographs, archives and artefacts have been combined with oral history for the Trades of Bilston exhibition. At Bilston Craft Gallery from Saturday September 8 until Saturday, October 6 2007.

From GKN Sankey and the once bustling Bilston Steelworks, through to the local shops and services, the Trades of Bilston exhibition is a celebration of the town's industrial past.

Works football match, Bilston Steelworks (1977)

Bilston Steelworks. Pic: Nick Hedges

Drawings by Bilston-born artist Dave Gunning and prints by Harry Eccleston will be on display, as will photographs of Bilston Steelworks by Nick Hedges. Nick's photos explore the camaraderie which existed between the workers.

The exhibition is on the first floor of Bilston Craft Gallery, Mount Pleasant, from Saturday, September 8 until Saturday, October 6 2007.

The official opening takes place at 11.30am Saturday, September 8 and features a talk by Lord Bilston and Dave Gunning.

Cheryl Bailey, of Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies, which is organising the exhibition, said:

"We have a large collection of materials related to businesses which, in their heyday, employed thousands of people in the Bilston area, and items from the archives will be interspersed with the memories of local people who worked at the factories.”

Documenting the Workshop of the World

Trades of Bilston is part of the Documenting the Workshop of the World project, a three-year initiative designed to promote access to the Black Country's historical photographs and business records.

Casting pig iron from number 2 furnace at night

Furnace at night, Bilston Steelworks

By the end of the project in 2008, over 10,000 photographs will have been scanned and catalogued, chronicling the development of the Black Country from the mid-late nineteenth century to the present day.

The project is being undertaken through a partnership between Dudley Archives and Local History Service, Sandwell Community History and Archives Service, Walsall Local History Centre, Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies, the Black Country Consortium and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For more information about the Documenting the Workshop of the World project, see the website: www.blackcountryhistory.org.uk

last updated: 07/09/07

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