Cath Yates views Gems from the Local Studies Library

New exhibition takes a leaf out of Walsall’s history

Cath Yates views Gems from the Local Studies Library
Cath Yates views Gems from the Local Studies Library

Walsall Local History Centre’s latest exhibition ‘Gems from the Local Studies Library,’ showcasing fine examples from the historic Local Studies Collections at the Centre and curated by Local Studies Librarian Cath Yates, is now open to the public.

A series of high quality archival exhibition prints has been made from pages and illustrations from local books, trade catalogues and ephemera dating from the 1600s to the present day, and put on show in the Essex Street Centre’s exhibition area for visitors to view free of charge during normal opening hours.

Councillor Anthony Harris, cabinet member for leisure at Walsall Council, said: “Walsall Local History Centre’s local studies library contains a wealth of information about the borough of Walsall. The library dates back to the 1920s when it was known as the Staffordshire and Walsall Collection. It was then housed in Walsall Central Library and moved to the Local History Centre when it opened in 1986.”

“This exhibition presents some remarkable examples of books in the library as well as giving a flavour of its other collections which include posters and theatre playbills, maps and trade catalogues.”

The exhibition, which opened on 21 November and runs till 31 December, 2011, has been prepared entirely in-house by Centre Photographer Stuart Williams and Conservation Assistant Janet Courtenay.

Telephone 01922 721305 for details or visit the Centre’s website:

Walsall Local History Centre, Essex Street, Walsall, WS2 7AS.

Walsall Local History Centre is the archives and local studies service for Walsall Metropolitan Borough, and is part of Walsall Council.