Saturday, 9 March 2013

Share your memories of historic Black Country venues

Open Day to be held at The Public

 
On Saturday 9 March, The Public will be holding an Open Day, inviting local people to come and share their memories of Black Country Cinemas and Dance Halls.

Part of ‘Places and Faces’, a Heritage Lottery Funded Project about the social and cultural history of entertainment venues in West Bromwich, Sandwell and The Black Country, the Open Day will aim to discover photographs and anecdotes from those who remember these spaces to form part of an exhibition this Spring.

From 11am to 3pm, visitors will be invited to bring in everything from old photographs, programmes, posters and tickets to dresses worn in an age of elegance. Project facilitator and local historians, Laurence Hipkiss, will also be on hand throughout the day to collect stories, memories and experiences of these old Cinemas and Dancehalls.

In April 2013 Places and Faces will be exhibited at The Public, providing an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the heritage of old entertainment spaces in the region, dating back as early as 1932.

Linda Saunders, Managing Director of The Public said,

“Places and Faces will provide a fantastic opportunity for local people to discover more about the region’s history and heritage. It’s really exciting to be capturing the local community’s memories and photographs of these venues, helping us reminisce about times gone by.”

The Open Day will take place on Saturday 9 March from 11am to 3pm and is free to visit.

If you are unable to make the Open Day and have memories of cinemas and dance halls in the Black Country that you would like to share, simply email placesandfaces@thepublic.com or call 0121 533 7161.

For more information about events at The Public visit www.thepublic.com or call 0121 533 7161.

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