Hot-off-the-press – my latest history book!

Stuart Williams with a proof copy of his new book

As many of you will know, in my ‘day job’ I work as a local historian and photographer at Walsall Local History Centre, the archives and local studies service for Walsall metropolitan borough in West Midlands, England.

As part of that work, I have in the recent past written two local history books for the Centre – Billy Meikle’s Window on Walsall and Reflections of Old Walsall.

Now, I am delighted to be able to announce that my latest book for the Centre, Walsall Borough Past & Present, will soon be available to buy, just in time for Christmas!

Walsall Borough Past & Present includes Aldridge, Bloxwich, Brownhills, Darlaston, Pelsall, Rushall, Streetly, Walsall, Walsall Wood and Willenhall, and aims to reflect the fascinatingly diverse heritage of the borough while illustrating that time never stands still.

An A5 format softback book, illustrated in both black and white and colour, it offers brief ‘edited highlights’ histories of each of these ten towns and villages as well as fifty period location photographs plus fifty matching pictures specially taken by me in 2013. Each place gets a two-page history plus 5 past photos and 5 present photos.

Stock is expected to be delivered to the Centre on 13 December, though they might have a few copies in the preceding week.

The price of the book is £7.50 plus postage if required – contact the Centre on 01922 721305 to check postage costs.

Book signing at Waterstones

I’m also very pleased to say that Waterstones book store in Walsall has invited me to take part in a special book signing session at their Park Street shop on Saturday 14 December between 3pm – 5pm, where I will be signing the new book as well as my previous two books.

Signed copies will also be made available on request at Walsall Local History Centre in Essex Street.  Customers are advised to telephone the Centre on 01922 721305 or email localhistorycentre@walsall.gov.uk to check stock availability and opening hours before making a special journey there.

Walsall Borough Past & Present will also be available from Walsall Leather Museum, Walsall Museum and Waterstones Walsall bookshop once stock is available.

I hope I may see some of you in Waterstones on 14 December!

My thanks go to my local history centre colleague Libby Warren for taking the picture above.

Stuart Williams

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