Handsworth Historical Society was formed in 1952 and since 1978 has occupied half of the building known as ‘Handsworth Old Town Hall’. This is a Grade 2 listed cruck cottage built about 1460 and we run our half of it as a community museum about Handsworth.
It contains many exhibits/displays and a host of accessible local records.
As well as opening to the public on dates shown below, including the first Tuesday evening of every month (except January), we also try to help with family history and other enquiries about the area’s past, and welcome visitors/groups at other times by appointment. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a visit for your group/school.
Autumn Programme 2017
Saturday 9 September
Heritage Open Day at the Old Town Hall, 10am to 5pm.
Free admission. Refreshments available
Tuesday 12 September
Annual General Meeting followed by Musings on the Manor House – talk by Frank Caldwell
Saturday 14 October
Wednesday 18 October
Lost Birmingham Houses – illustrated talk by member Simon Westacott
Saturday 4 November
Wednesday 22 November at 2pm
From Christmas Past to Christmas Present – illustrated talk by Mary Bodfish
Saturday 9 December
Festive Coffee Morning (please note there will be no Bring & Buy table this year)
Wednesday 17 January 2018 at 2pm
Moor Pool Garden Suburb – Harborne’s Hidden Gem – illustrated talk by Barbara Nomikos and Rachel West