HERBERT Austin and the Longbridge Story will be the subject of this year’s Bromsgrove Lecture.
The presentation will be given at 7.30pm on March 22 at Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School by Max Hunt who is a local historian, former history teacher and a director of education.
Herbert Austin was born at Little Missenden and died at Lickey Grange and Mr Hunt’s illustrated talk will take the audience on the journey of Herbert’s life, including his time in Australia, his involvement in the first Wolseley cars and the purchase of the Longbridge site in 1906.
That agreement led to the vast development and production of all kinds of vehicles throughout a period which spanned more than a century.
The factory also employed thousands of workers from the local area.
Mr Hunt’s presentation will also include details of perfecting sheep shearing equipment in Australia and the types of vehicles produced at Longbridge, not only cars but equipment to support the effort of two World Wars.
The annual lecture is the Bromsgrove Society’s major event of the year.
Tickets, at £6, are available from Foto Factory in Bromsgrove High Street (close to The Post Office) or by calling 01527 877227, 01527 876626 or 0121 453 3034.
They will also be available at the Bromsgrove Society’s Local History Group meetings.