NEWS (September 2003): The 14th Andrew Barnett Memorial Lecture

The Society's new season of talks starts with the annual Memorial Lecture given this year by John Hemingway, the Archaeological Officer of Dudley M.B.C. As usual the venue is St. Andrew's Church in Bilston Street near to the centre of Sedgley.

The talk takes place on Thursday 11th September starting at 7:30 pm.

John is keenly interested in landscape change over the centuries with the Black Country providing a fruitful area for him to study. He has developed mapping techniques to show how changes have taken place from medieval times to the present day. This presentation will cover Dudley Borough with particular emphasis on the Sedgley Manor.

Using maps based on early records, as well as the work of well known cartographers and OS imprints, John has traced the locality's development over the last thousand years. This is a chance to find out the history of the land on which your house was built!

Visitors are always welcome at the Society's meetings and John Hemingway's 'The Changing Face of Dudley and Sedgley' will be an intriguing introduction into a lesser known aspect of local history.