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, 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.


Saturday 14 September
Heritage Open Day at the Old Town Hall, 10am to 5pm.  Free admission/refreshments available
Tuesday 24 September, 7.30pm
Annual General Meeting followed by Mistress Meg – talk by Margaret Henley about a woman caught up in the English Civil War in the 1600s 
Saturday 28 September
Please come and support our stand at the Local and Family History Fair at MAC, Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH, 10am to 4pm.  Admission £2 on the door, includes programme
Monday 7 October, 7.30pm
Stories of the English Coinage – illustrated talk by Phil Griffiths covering the development of coinage over the past 3,000 years
Saturday 19 October
Coffee Morning 
Saturday 9 November
Coffee Morning (and winter hanging basket demonstration)
Wednesday 20 November at 2pm
The Lost Children – illustrated talk by Val Hart and Rowena Lyon about the Children’s Emigration Homes and the 6,000 children shipped to Canada over many years
Saturday 23 November at 7pm
Winter Warmer Supper – tickets cost £10 and must be pre-booked 
Saturday 7 December
Festive Coffee Morning – with Christmas craft sale
Wednesday 15 Jan 2020 at 2pm
Dudley’s own Dambuster – illustrated talk by Rob Broadbent about one young man’s experiences on the famous raid
The Old Town Hall will no longer be open on the first Tuesday evening of the month, but visits can be made at other times by appointment, using the contact details above, to look round the building, or at specific books, photographs, maps in our archives.
Speaker Meetings: New Church Centre, Winleigh Road
(off Church Lane), 
Handsworth Wood, B20 2HN, at 7.30pm or 2pm from January to March inclusive’ (adjacent car park).
Members £2.00, visitors £3.00, including refreshments.
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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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