Volunteer at Sandwell Community History and Archives Service

Libary workshop flyer

MADE are working in partnership with the fabulous archivists Maureen Waldron and Ian Gray at the Sandwell Community History and Archives Service based at Smethwick Library.

MADE are offering skills workshops in exchange for volunteer help. Contact Nita Newman on 07779 414598 by text or phone to participate in the workshops listed above OR-

You can volunteer at other times: to do this please liaise directly with the Library:  The focus is on identifying Lighthouse locations and transcribing digitised pages into readable and accessible format:

Contact the Archivists 

Ian Gray                                Ian_Gray@sandwell.gov.uk  

Maureen Waldron            Maureen_Waldron@sandwell.gov.uk  

Archives Service                Archives_Service@sandwell.gov.uk


THE NEXT WORKSHOPS (see above) will be ‘ Blogging for beginners’. Booking essential- contact Nita (07779 414598) Text or phone as places are limited to 6 people for blogging .

This volunteer time will enable us to photograph and digitise the Chance Glass Lighthouse order books. The step by step workshops are fun and FREE (they would normally cost around £35.00). So far we have had fun making folding stitched books and have learnt stitching and folding techniques that you can use at home; we then went on to explore oral history. The next workshops will focus on simple blogging…see the flyer for full information. There are morning and afternoon sessions. Refreshments will be served.

So far we have digitised 10 order books…there are another 20 to go! Can you help us find Smethwick’s famous lighthouses? There are 2,400 of them…

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Pooja, our MADE administrator extraordinaire is pictured fixing her book cover. Councillor Linda Brown and delighted genealogist enthusiast Nanette Hedley show off their artistic efforts.

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Nita gives a talk about oral history, and covers the basic requirements in terms of recording equipment, recording file types, legal requirements, permissions, copy-write, data protection and questioning skills at Smethwick Library in the search room.


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