I think it’s time I had a day out to Brummy. There are lots of things I want to do there.
First is Lost in Lace, an exhibition at Birmingham Museum which promises good things. There is a fabulous set of photos on Flickr here.
And there is the Staffordshire Hoard, the huge Anglo-Saxon gold hoard found by a Staffordshire metal detector enthusiast in a field near Burntwood. Part of it is on show in the Birmingham Museum too.
Then I want to go to Birmingham City Archives, who hold an indenture made between my 4x great grandfather Ephraim Docksey and various other people about an inn called The Cock in Norton on the Moors, Staffordshire and the will of my 5x great grandfather Joshua Dale. No idea what they are doing in Birmingham Archives but I assume it is because the estate papers of the land they leased ended up there. Very conveniently, it looks as if the archives and the museum are just across the road from each other.
Then I might have a walk along the canals where I took this photo a few years ago:
and made it into a gocco screen to print on cards and Moleskine journals:
If I do all that, I might just need several days – time to get the diary out!