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Rough Hills: An East-End Story
March 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm£2
Author Derek Mills hosts a talk on his book of the same name:
“In 1953, a shy 4-year-old moved with his parents from the warmth and security of life with his grandparents in Bushbury to start a new life in a new house on a new estate. We were the latest residents of Rough Hills Estate: a construction site, work in progress. We had shops, a pub and the promise of a new neighbourhood school and community centre. The lack of tarmac, street lighting and a bus service were dismissed as temporary inconveniences.”
The talk will explore the industrial, transport, education and sporting legacies of an area which sits under the radar of many Wulfrunians. It also examines the housing history of the city and the introduction of council housing in the early 20th century. Derek has drawn on the memories of people who lived on two of the area’s council estates: Parkfields and Rough Hills. As well as looking at what life was like for the residents he will explain the research methods used in the writing of his book, emphasising the rich sources of information available at Wolverhampton Archives and on internet sites like the British Newspaper Archive.
Derek’s presentation will be of particular interest to those who are fascinated by social history and the development of post-war housing in Wolverhampton.