13:15 - 14:00

This talk tells the story of the Black Country region of the midlands during the Great War. And will cover subjects such as the Zeppelin raid in 1916; food and feeding the Black Country; the massive change to the role of women during the war; the industrial situation and how the Black Country came to look like one big munitions factory. It will look briefly on the flu pandemic as it affected us; and subjects such as how we accepted Belgian refugees during the war.

Michael Pearson

I am a retired Police Inspector and author of four books on the Black Country, with a fifth likely to be out by April 2015. I edit the magazine and website for the Black Country Society, which has about 1400 members. We have existed since 1967, in response to a perceived threat to the identity of our region. I now work part-time for the Office for National Statistics and much of my spare time is spent researching Black Country history and preserving the mass of information that has been written about the region over the last three centuries.

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