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.

Spring / Summer Programme 2018

Wednesday 17 January at 2pm
Moor Pool Garden Suburb – Harborne’s Hidden Gem – illustrated talk by Barbara Nomikos and Rachel West
Saturday 3 February
Coffee Morning
Wed 21 February at 2pm
A Glimpse of Samuel Pepys – talk by Adrian de Redman
Saturday 10 March
Coffee Morning
Wednesday 21 March at 2pm
Palaces of the People – illustrated talk by Ned Williams on the humble ‘prefab’
Saturday 7 April
Coffee Morning
Tuesday 17 April
Hunting Witches in Tudor and Stuart England – illustrated talk by member Peter West
Saturday 5 May
Coffee Morning
Hanging basket demonstration or plant-your-own .
Small charge for plants/compost/baskets or bring your own
Tuesday 15 May
Birmingham Jewellery Quarter – Real Jewellery for the World and his Wife – illustrated talk by Rupert Fisher
Saturday 9 June
Outing to Erddig, near Wrexham – please email us if interested in going.
Saturday 16 June – afternoon cream tea at the Old Town Hall.
Sittings at 2pm and 4pm, £10/head.
Advance booking essential – contact details above.
Saturday 23 June
Coffee Morning
Saturday 30 June, 12-4pm
Handsworth Wood in Bloom at Uplands Allotments, Oxhill Road, not OTH – we will have a display stand there
Saturday 14 July
Coffee Morning
Saturday 4 August
Coffee Morning
Saturday 15 September
Heritage Open Day. 10.00am to 5.00pm.  Free admission/refreshments available.

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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