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 2019
Tuesday 15 January 2019 at 2pm
HHS In the Beginning – talk by our Secretary, Paulette Burkill, about the history of the Society and our use of the Old Town Hall
Saturday 2 February
Wednesday 20 February at 2pm
Rogues, Villains and Thieves – talk by Vanessa Morgan on 19th century poachers, bank robbers and more
Saturday 16 March
Wednesday 20 March at 2pm
Divine Beauty at Birmingham Cathedral – illustrated talk by Jane McArdle on this baroque jewel and its beautiful Burne-Jones windows
Saturday 13 April
Tuesday 16 April
From Horse Power to Motor Power
illustrated talk by David Cole on how the transition in transport appears on pub signs
Saturday 11 May
Tuesday 14 May
Midlands Mystery Tour
Virtual tour of highlights of several counties with Ian Bott
Saturday 8 June
Outing to Calke Abbey
Saturday 22 June
Saturday 29 June, 12-4pm
Handsworth Wood in Bloom at Uplands Allotments, Oxhill Road, not OTH – we will have a display stand there
Saturday 13 July
Saturday 17 August
Saturday 14 September
Heritage Open Day
10.00am to 5.00pm. Free admission/refreshments available.