Who are we?

We are an organisation whose aim is to promote history, science, literature and civic pride in the fine city of Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, UK. We manage two vintage local societies, the Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society (WCHS) and Wolverhampton Literary and Scientific Society (WLSS).

Talks and Events

We hold regular talks and events, as well as appearing at fairs and holding pop up shops. Check our Live Events tab to find out more. We are also a proud co-sponsor of the Wolverhampton History Symposium.

Social Media

We spread news of our work over our Facebook page. Our website is continually updated with new content. If you know someone who might like our work, please spread the message!

Blue Plaques

We manage the process for the famous blue plaques you see around town. There are well over 100 that have now been awarded for people and places that have contributed to the history of the city.

Meet our Team

Our committee was unanimously elected at December's WCHS AGM. We are also very grateful to Heritage Lottery Funding for their continued support.
Suhail Rana

Suhail Rana

Chairman

Suhail is a Wolverhampton native, who attended Heath Park Business & Enterprise College. Suhail has given many historical talks over the years and also teaches at Dudley College. He has lead the society for over a decade.

Phil Jones

Phil Jones

Vice-Chairman

Phil was involved with the Wolverhampton Literary & Scientific Society for a number of years and has a depth of knowledge on many subjects. Now happily retired, Phil has a background in accounting.

Quintin Watt

Quintin Watt

Secretary

Quintin is a recently retired history teacher, although keeps himself as busy as ever! Quint is in the final stages of putting together a book on Wolverhampton in WW1. He is also a long-suffering Tottenham Hotspur fan!

Claire Darke

Claire Darke

Treasurer

Claire is the current mayor of Wolverhampton and has lived in the city for over 30 years. She is also "Project Manager" for the charity Outside Centre.

Bill Kelly

Bill Kelly

Membership Secretary

Bill is our membership secretary and is our master of ceremonies for our raffles! Bill was Treasurer until 2016 before handing the reins over to Claire Darke.

Dr. Paul Darke

Dr. Paul Darke

Blue Plaques Officer

The Doctor will see you now! Paul Darke is CEO of the charity Ouside Centre. Outside of this, he is Wolverhampton's City Consort and has a passion for Aland, in Finland.

Barry Hodgson

Barry Hodgson

Committee Member

Barry is the society's long-serving officer for blue plaques, which he combines with many other different jobs. Barry remains as busy as ever and currently serves as a committee member/"minister without portfolio"!