Royal Exhibition

Exhibition shines light on borough’s Royal relations

Royal Exhibition

A new exhibition looking at Walsall’s links with the Royal Family has opened at Walsall Local History Centre.  And it will be complemented this week by a digital slideshow of selected images being projected on the side of Walsall Council House.

Walsall and the Royal Family, which reproduces many fascinating documents, photographs and ephemera dating from the time of the first Queen Elizabeth to the present sovereign, forms a very special part of Walsall’s celebrations of this year’s Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Also, starting today and for the rest of this Accession Week, twenty images from the exhibition are being blown up by digital projection daily between 5pm-6pm on the Tower Street wall of the Council House.

Projecting the Queen
Projectionist Bruno Edwards (right) was joined on the roof by Stuart Williams as the sildeshow began tonight

Ruth Vyse, head of Walsall Local History Centre, said

“From royal charters to visits to town centres, factories, grand openings and more, and from laying the foundation stone of the Council House and the Walsall Science and Art Institute to providing saddles for royal riders, Walsall and other towns within the borough have a long and proud association with the royal family.

“Our latest exhibition, which reflects many aspects of those historic connections, is one of our largest yet, and has been researched, designed and produced entirely in-house, based on Walsall Metropolitan Borough’s extensive archives and local studies collections, by staff of Walsall Local History Centre.

“It showcases a fascinating timeline of both royal and local history, and admission is free to all during normal opening hours.”

Pictures from Bloxwich and Blakenall Heath feature in the exhibition as well as Walsall and other places in the borough.

Walsall and the Royal Family runs until 30 April 2012.

Walsall Local History Centre is Walsall Council’s archives and local studies service for the whole of Walsall Metropolitan Borough.

Telephone 01922 721305 for details or view Walsall Local History Centre’s website: http://www.walsall.gov.uk/localhistorycentre