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. A teacher by trade, he is also our elected president.

Phil Jones

Phil Jones

Vice-Chairman

Phil has been involved with local societies for many years and is part of one of Wolverhampton's famous families. He is our current vice chairman.

Quintin Watt

Quintin Watt

Secretary

Quintin is a former history teacher, who worked in Bromsgrove for much of his life. He has a passion for military history and is producing a book on Wolverhampton’s contribution to the first World War. He is our currently elected secretary.

Claire Darke

Claire Darke

Treasurer

Claire is the current deputy mayor of Wolverhampton and has lived in the city for over 30 years. Claire is an elected councillor and co founder of Outside Centre. Not only that, but she is also our Treasurer!

Bill Kelly

Bill Kelly

Membership Secretary

Bill is our membership secretary and is our master of ceremonies for our raffles! Not only this, but he has presented a number of local history talks in recent years. If you come along to our talks, you'll see his friendly face on the door.

Dr. Paul Darke

Dr. Paul Darke

Blue Plaque Secretary

The Doctor will see you now! Paul Darke studied English Literature & History at the University of Wolverhampton and is the founder of Outside Centre. Outside of this, he is Wolverhampton's Deputy Consort and secretary for our famous blue plaques.

Barry Hodgson

Barry Hodgson

Committee Member

Barry was former blue plaque secretary and has been involved in local matters for many years. He is our current "Minister without Portfolio"!