Tuesday evening lectures

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Evening meetings are held at the Solihull Methodist Church on the second Tuesday of the month, starting at 7.45pm (doors open 7.15pm but are closed for security reasons at 7.45). Admission is £4.00 for Solihull Centre Members and £5.00 for visitors or guests of members. Tea, coffee and biscuits available at the interval, cost 50p.

Parking is limited at the church but there is free parking across the road at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre,

Tuesday 12 September
The Cathedral Builders

Keith Cattell

The cathedral builders were supreme masters of their craft. Our medieval cathedrals sought to produce on earth a copy of the heavenly city as described in the Book of Revelation. They were also the skyscrapers od their age pushing stone technology to the limits.

This talk, fully illustrated, seeks to trace the techniques and skills used by the cathedral builders from the 4th century to the 20th century, charting their successes and failures.

Tuesday 10 October
Stained glass window makers of Birmingham School of Art

Roy Albutt

Roy Albutt maintains a general interest in Midlands stained glass makers and all stained-glass windows in the area covered by the Diocese of Worcester. This evening he will give us a talk on the Birmingham School of Art and the designers and makers who trained there, including Henry Payne, Sidney Meteyard, Mary Newill, Bernard Sleigh, Florence Camm, Richard Stubington, Benjamin Warren and Yoxall & Whitford.

This talk will introduce us to an art form in which teachers and former students of Birmingham Municipal School of Art excelled throughout the twentieth century. All makers mentioned above trained as artists and craftsmen at the Birmingham School of Art before taking up stained glass work and all were influenced by the Arts and Crafts ethos of the School.

Tuesday 14 November
The evolvement of women in the police

Corrine Brazier

Corinne Brazier joined West Midlands Police in 2005 and 4 years ago became the first West Midlands Police Force Records Manager, she is also a West Midlands Police museum volunteer.

Tonight, she is going to talk about these women who were the first to step into a male dominated profession, and who would have had to overcome obstacles and doubters, but made a great contribution and paved the way for thousands more to follow in their footsteps.

She will describe the origins of policing across the West Midlands in the 19th Century. Focussing mainly on Birmingham, but including details of the introduction of women police in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley and Coventry, she will demonstrate how women have successfully managed to infiltrate all specialist areas of policing and all ranks in the West Midlands (with the exception of Chief Constable).