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Lecture celebrates Longbridge legend

Posted on January 31 2016 at 3:40:41


The 30th Bromsgrove Lecture will take place on Tuesday March 22 at 7.30pm at Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School.

This year’s lecture is entitled “Herbert Austin and The Longbridge Story”, a talk given by local historian Max Hunt.

The annual lecture is the Bromsgrove Society’s major event of the year and will feature Herbert Austin who was born at Little Missenden and died at Lickey Grange.

The story includes Herbert’s time in Australia, his involvement in the first Wolseley cars and the purchase of the Longbridge site in 1906 – which leads on to the development and production of all kinds of vehicles throughout a period of 100 years, and the employment of thousands of workers from the local area.

The speaker is a former history teacher and director of education. The illustrated talk will 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.

Tickets are £6 and are available from Foto Factory in Bromsgrove High Street (close to The Post Office) or by telephoning 01527 877227, 01527 876626 or 0121 453 3034, and at the Bromsgrove Society’s local history group meetings.

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