What is the history of the Walsall coroner? For that matter, what does a coroner actually do?
Walsall residents can now find out at the town’s Local History Centre in Essex Street, courtesy of a new talk by Archivist Paul Ford.
Using some of the coroner’s old case files from the early 1900s, Paul plans to reveal how these fascinating and rarely-seen documents which are preserved at the centre can be a source of both family and local history.
Paul Ford said: “How did Walsall Police try to identify the mysterious lady discovered floating in the canal at the Pleck in 1915 – the main clue being two tram tickets from Bristol that are still in the case papers? And how did Ryecroft and Walsall rally round a mother after a military aircraft crashed into her garden in Brewer St, killing her family? All this and more can be found in the coroner’s files.”
The talk takes place on Monday 7 November, 7.30pm – 9pm and is repeated on Friday 18 November 2.30pm – 4pm. Admission costs just £1.50. Advance booking is essential, telephone 01922 721305.
Walsall Local History Centre is the Archives & Local Studies service for the Walsall borough.
For more information call in, telephone 01922 721305 or check out the centre’s website: http://www.walsall.gov.uk/localhistorycentre
Walsall Local History Centre is in Essex Street, Walsall WS2 7AS.