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Sandwell Archives First World War exhibitions throughout July

Published 5th July 2018

Wartime postcard

Find out about the contributions made by local people and industries in the First World War at a series of weekly exhibitions at Sandwell Community History and Archives Service (CHAS) in Smethwick.

The displays are part of the Sandwell Remembers commemorations, marking the centenary of the end of the Great War, as well as this year's Black Country Festival.

Council leader Councillor Steve Eling said: "This is an excellent opportunity to find out more about the very considerable contribution people and industries in our area made in the war.

"This also launches a series of centenary activities and events this year as Sandwell remembers the end of the war."

The weekly exhibitions have started this week with a display of archive images of tanks built at Patent Shaft Works, Wednesbury.

Other exhibitions to follow:

  • Week beginning 9 July: Various collectables related to fundraising drives, postcards home and messages from the King and Queen
  • Week beginning 16 July: Chance family papers – various documents highlighting the experience of Chance family members at the front, particularly Captain Roger Chance and Flying Officer Hugh Chance
  • Week beginning 23 July: The Personal Papers of Sergeant Leonard Morris of Langley, who was killed in April 1917.

CHAS, which is based at Smethwick Library, is open every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 4pm. The exhibition will be available to be viewed during these times.

For more information about how Sandwell is commemorating the centenary of the end of the war, go to our Sandwell Remembers webpage.