Contact: Secretary - Peter Rotherham - 0121 308 2125
             Chair        Phil Whitehead - 0121 308 0130

The first meeting of an informal History Group took place in 2000 when the Birmingham Archaeologist, Mike Hodder, gave the inaugural talk on Middleton: A History to an audience of over 40 people in St John the Baptist Church.

Since then, the Group has been formalised, having developed a constitution, elected a Committee and held an annual AGM. The Parish Council helped to launch the MCHG with a generous donation of 200.00.





The MCHG welcomes new members and is very open to offers of help with developing annual programmes and with the securing of external funding to improve the quality, breadth and depth of its work.
Activities and events since the Group was established
Ironbridge - with our own guide.
Talk on War Memorials followed by a guided visit to Cannock Chase War Memorial.
Guided tour of New Park wood and a tour of The Village.
An illustrated history of St John the Baptist Church.
Focus Group: A History of The Green Man.
Researching Family History.
Schools in the 19th and early 20th centuries in Warwickshire.
Oral History, Testimony and Memory.
VE Day celebration.
Visit to Geoff Keeling's Agricultural Museum at Minworth.
Aston Hall by Candlelight.
Simon Britton: The Life of a Medieval Archer (courtesy of Middleton W.I.).
Bloxwich Research and Metal Detector Society.
Sir JohnPeel: an illustrated talk.
Medieval villages in Warwickshire.
British Foreign Policy in the 19th century.
Paddy Spears has produced a book: The History of Church Row and has almost completed a second book on The History of Middleton Football Club. Bob Whorewood also produced a book describing the diary of Thomas Shakeshaft, who lived and worked in Middleton in the 17th century.  Bob is a descendant of Thomas Shakeshaft.

Members Inspired to write Books
Middleton Village School in the 1920s
Middleton 1929
Membership stands currently at 25 members who pay an annual fee of 5.00 and each year a number of events and activities have been organised for members, local people and visitors.

The MCHG was very pleased to accept the offer of accommodation in the Church when the vicar, Matthew Rhodes, offered the use of a room to be used as an Archive Room for the Group.  The room is well used by visitors, especially school parties from Birmingham and the local catchment area.

Middleton 2009
Photographs by kind permission of Warwickshire County Records Office and cannot be reproduced without their permission.
Ref PH350/1589; PH352/124/3
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