Future Meetings

We organise two annual Day Schools each year plus our AGM, usually held in July.

Dates for your diary:

Home Front Legacy Day School Saturday 20 June 2015 at The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PB.

Annual General Meeting 2015
The 2015 CBA WM AGM will be held on Saturday 4 July 2015 at Sandwell Valley Country Park.

Home Front Legacy Day School

Top: Camp Weston, Bottom: Discussion of a Home Front Legacy project, © Copyright Home Front Legacy

Upper photo: Camp Weston
Lower photo: Discussion of a Home Front Legacy project
© Copyright Home Front Legacy

Home Front Legacy 1914-18 Day School
Recording First World War sites in the UK for community groups

Saturday 20 June 2015, 10.30am - 4.00pm
The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PB,
hosted by CBA West Midlands, Worcestershire World War 100 and Historic England.

The CBA is working with Historic England and partners across the UK to help local communities identify and map the remains of the First World War Home Front.

Running from 2014-2018, the Home Front Legacy 1914-18 project is supporting community groups researching local places associated with the Great War with an online toolkit and guidance for recording the remains of surviving sites, structures and buildings around Britain.

The Home Front Legacy website provides tools, guidance and resources for you to carry out archaeological recording and submit your data to your local Historic Environment Record and National Monuments Records to add to our knowledge and inform future protection for sites.

Using our online toolkit and the resources on the Home Front Legacy website, everyone can help to research and record their local sites and structures and help to safeguard First World War survivals here in Britain. Exploring these remains brings you into closer contact with what our families lived through, and the ways in which the Great War shaped their lives and the places we live today.

You don't need to be an archaeologist or have experience of fieldwork to take part. You may have an interest in the Home Front, and be researching your family or local area, or involved in a First World War Centenary project.

The CBA invites local community group members, national and local projects and partners to this free day school to find out how to use the recording toolkit and online app for your project. We would like to thank CBA, Historic England and Worcestershire World War 100 for funding this event.

This day school will:

The course delivery will be via presentation, multimedia and practical demonstration. Bring along your own laptop, tablet or mobile, if you have one, for our practical recording demonstration.

See programme details and book online at eventbrite.

An information leaflet is available for download as a 28 MB PDF file.

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Annual General Meeting 2015

Sandwell Park Farm © Copyright Mike Hodder

Sandwell Park Farm. Photograph by Mike Hodder

The 2015 CBA WM AGM will be held on Saturday 4 July 2015 at Sandwell Park Farm, Sandwell Valley, West Bromwich B71 4BG.

The meeting will start at Sandwell Park Farm, a restored 19th century "model" farm. It was the home farm of Sandwell Hall which was built on the site of Sandwell Priory and demolished in 1928. After the AGM business, Mike Hodder will give a short introductory talk on the excavation of Sandwell Priory (1982-88) and other archaeological remains in Sandwell Valley, and Jo Miskin of Sandwell Council and Neil Rimmington of English Heritage will talk about current and future work on the site. During lunch there will be an opportunity to visit the Farm buildings which include a small museum displaying finds from the Priory excavations. After lunch Mike, Jo and Neil will lead a walk to the Priory remains (about half a mile from the Farm) and other features of the historic landscape.

Excavated remains of Sandwell Priory © Copyright Mike Hodder

Excavated remains of Sandwell Priory. Photograph by Mike Hodder

More information about Sandwell Park Farm is available at

2015 CBA WM AGM programme, Saturday 4 July

10.30 Tea/coffee/biscuits will be available
11.00 Annual General Meeting (Members Only)
11.30 approx. Introductory talk on the Archaeology of Sandwell Valley — Dr Mike Hodder
12.30 Lunch break: snacks and light meals are available in the café, or bring a picnic. Also an opportunity to view the small museum which has information about Sandwell Priory and Sandwell Hall and displays of objects found in the excavations.
2.00 Walk to Sandwell Priory (about half a mile from the Farm) for a guided tour. We may also visit other sites depending on time and weather. The walk will be along a surfaced track and rough paths. Please note that there is no shelter on the walk route.
4.00 approx. Return to Sandwell Park Farm (Farm closes at 4:30 but the car park remains open).

Directions to Sandwell Park Farm, off Dagger Lane/ Salters Lane, West Bromwich B71 4BG

By public transport: (NOTE: There is no direct bus to the farm itself. Allow at least a half an hour if walking from the centre of West Bromwich or from McDonald's, All Saints Way. There is a taxi office directly opposite the bus station).
From Birmingham and Wolverhampton: Midland Metro to West Bromwich Central and walk from there or take bus 45 or 46 to Dartmouth Park.
From Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Dudley: Bus (79 or 74) to West Bromwich Bus Station and bus or walk from there.
From Walsall and Sutton Coldfield: Bus (4 or 5) to McDonald's, All Saints Way, then follow brown signs.

By car: (NB follow brown signs to Sandwell Park Farm):
From Birmingham city centre: A41 to M5 Junction 1 and then as below.
From M5 Junction 1:follow signs A41 Wolverhampton then A4031 Walsall, turn right at traffic lights near McDonalds and follow brown signs.
From M6 Junction 7:follow signs A34 Birmingham, turn right at traffic lights onto A4034, continue over motorway then left at traffic lights near All Saints church on to A4031, left at traffic lights near McDonalds and follow brown signs.

From Sandwell Valley Country Park entrance, go down the approach drive and carry on past the adventure playground to the car park at the bottom of the hill next to the farm.

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