Friends in the community: project participants led by Jenny Cartwright on an outing to Blists Hill (Pic: S. Williams)
The Blakenall ‘Know Your Place’ Project was a Heritage Lottery Funded community history project created by Project Co-ordinator Jenny Cartwright, working with Bloxwich Community Partnership and in liaison with the local community and other groups and organisations in Blakenall Heath and Bloxwich. It ran from January 2010 till May 2011.
The project was a great success, unearthing a rich selection of photographs of the area and its people, almost all never seen by a general audience or in preservation. It also resulted in a range of oral history recordings of memories of Blakenall folk, and offered numerous well-supported community events for the interest and enjoyment of local people, in an area historically neglected by officialdom.
Booth Street Chapel, Blakenall Heath, c1930s (Cliff Webb)
A small book of photographs – ‘Blakenall Memories’ – was published, as well as a “digital reprint” (only available online) of the only book ever published about the Parish of Blakenall Heath – ‘When Numbers Cease to Count’.
Coronation party, Wordsworth Road, 1953 (Betty Friend)
The project materials are now, in digital form, in the keeping of Walsall Local History Centre, but The Bloxidge Tallygraph was chosen to host the project online so that its results might be available to all, locally and world-wide.
The books linked for download
A special section of The Bloxidge Tallygraph, including the books mentioned above as well as a link to an associated Flickr photo album, has therefore been created by the Edditer, Stuart Williams, working with Jenny Cartwright, to document and present selected results of the project, and it is now available directly via the nav bar under Blakenall KYP or via the following link:
We hope that you will find it as fascinating as we and the local community have!