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
Coffee Morning

Wednesday 18 October
Lost Birmingham Houses – illustrated talk by member Simon Westacott

Saturday 4 November
Coffee Morning

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


The Old Town Hall will be open from 6.30pm to 8.00pm on the first Tuesday of each month (excluding January)

for people to look round the building or at the photographs, books, maps etc in our archives.
Speaker Meetings: New Church Centre, Winleigh Road
(off Church Lane), 
Handsworth Wood, B20 2HN, at 7.30pm or 2pm in November and January (adjacent car park).
Members £2.00, visitors £3.00, including refreshments.
Google Maps Link
Coffee Mornings:  Old Town Hall, corner of Slack Lane/College Road, Handsworth, B20 2JL, 10.00am to 1.00pm. 
Admission free.

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