Sedgley Community Archive Touchscreen Project

Sedgley Community Archive Touchscreen Project - Sedgley Archives Group

Alas we have heard that our initial bid to Heritage Lottery Fund's Our Heritage scheme has been rejected. 

We are not downhearted as the core of the application is sound, but HLF did highlight ways in which we can improve it. 

We now intend to resubmit the bid with amendments in April 2017 for a decision in June 2017. 

Here's the background to the Project: 

Over the past six years, a group of people who are interested in the village's history have arranged four exhibitions about the village of Sedgley at All Saints’ Church.

Recently the group has constituted itself into the Sedgley Archives Group, in order to bid for Heritage Lottery Funds. 

The first exhibition about the village was a showing of Ron Baker’s drawings of the village from 1947 onwards; the second was a collection of personal stories about life in the village over 60 years of the Queen’s reign, for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Our former Team Rector's wife Christine Buckley made a massive contribution to researching the history of church and village, and much of this material was shown at our Heritage Open Day in 2013

In 2016 we added newspaper cuttings from the Dudley Herald to our 60 personal reminiscences about the village, to cover the period before the Queen acceded to the throne on Her Majesty’s 90th birthday - as part of the 'Sedgley's E II R 90' exhibition and event.

A 13th century charter from the Prior of Dudley granting lands in Sedgley. 

Many people have conducted research about the village over the years. EA Underhill and Andrew Barnett both published books; Trevor Genge published volumes of photos; as mentioned above Christine Buckley researched the history of the church and village while she was living at the vicarage when her husband Revd Canon Stephen Buckley was Team Rector.

In addition there are hundreds of documents at Dudley Archives, in the collections at William Salt Archive in Stafford and at Wolverhampton Archives – as well as Diocesan records at Worcester and Lichfield Records Office.

Central Sedgley, from an 1890 map prepared when Turls Hill Estate was being proposed.

Sedgley Archives Group has been formed to attempt to bring elements from these resources together into an accessible hub using touchscreen technology. We aim to do this by acquiring a 65" portable touchscreen computer in horizontal 'coffee table' format, on which will be stored photos, maps and documents about Sedgley’s past. 

There will be an interface on the touchscreen desktop, enabling users to access information of interest simply and quickly.  Records will be tagged so that materials on specific topics can be identified via a search facility.

The coffee table format lends itself to discussions and exchange of information; it also  promotes social contact for older people, particularly those experiencing memory issues. 

All Saints' long serving vicar Revd TG Swindell's family, taken in the grounds of the old vicarage in the 1920s. 

During the project we aim to gather more information and photos for the Touchscreen  by running reminiscence sessions during coffee mornings at Sedgley Community Centre, St Andrew’s Methodist/URC Bilston Street, St Chad’s Catholic Church and at All Saints’ and Sedgley Library.

All new information gathered during the Project will be lodged with Dudley Archives.

The Head of Dudley Libraries and Archives has agreed in principle that the touchscreen will be located at Sedgley Library on Saturdays during the project, and then based there as a permanent resource after the project to ensure that the project is sustainable. 

Key topics to be covered on the touchscreen: 

•CHARTERS: charter documents that established the community in Sedgley.
•NATURAL RESOURCES: The mines and pits in the Sedgley area owned by the Earl of Dudley and others
•LOCAL INDUSTRIES: Sedgley’s  contribution to the Industrial Revolution and the expansion of the British Empire; chain, lock and nailmaking in Sedgley (e.g. Theophilus Tinsley and family).
•GRAND HOUSES OF SEDGLEY:  eg The Limes; Dormston House
•CHURCHES: The history and role of All Saints' (C of E) , St Andrew's (URC/Methodist) and St Chad's (RC) churches in Sedgley; the rise of non-conformism in Sedgley.
•MAPS: The changing face/evolution of Sedgley, through maps commissioned by the Earl of Dudley and others.
•FAMILIES: Prominent Sedgley landowning families (e.g. the Homers, The Laws).
•WAR: Sedgley World War One research 

If you’d like to assist us, or have any questions about the bid, contact me at or ring me on 07947 068023.


Martin Jones