Museum Blog - Articles by Val Tonks


In Search of Uncle Fritz.

Many people will have heard of the events of 10th /11th May 1941, when a German Heinkel Bomber came down in a field in Earlswood. The story of what happened has been researched over many years and many eye witness accounts have been gathered and are housed at Earlswood Village Museum.

Cannon Ball found in garden in Broad Lane Earlswood/Tanworth

Cannon Ball found in garden in Broad Lane Earlswood/Tanworth

 

 

Weight: 4lb 7 ¼ oz

 

Circumference: 10 inches

 

Diameter: 3.18 inches

 

Allowing for clearance it could have been fired from a 4 inch diameter cannon?

 


A possible explanation might be that it was near to an area where there was some civil war activity. …

Ada Lovelace – Mathematician, Scientist and First Computer Programmer.

Ada Lovelace

      Mathematician, Scientist and First Computer Programmer.

 

Many people may wonder about the origin of the names of two roads in Solihull, Lovelace Avenue and Lady Byron Lane. Lady Byron, the wife of the notorious poet Lord Byron inherited the former manor house of Longdon Hall. …

“Up in a Balloon Girls” - A Daring Parachute Drop in 1906.

“Up in a Balloon Girls” - A Daring Parachute Drop in 1906.

 

            Throughout history there have been many brave and courageous women. Many have proved that women are capable of taking on a number of challenging roles including those usually taken on by men. In the 21

The Shelly Hoard

One of the greatest finds of all time was the famous Staffordshire Hoard. Anglo Saxon treasure at its best. However, not many people have heard of the Shelly Hoard. In 1989-1990, on several occasions, Mr. M. Williams was treasure hunting with his metal detector in Monkspath when he started unearthing silver pennies dating back to King John and Henry III. …


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