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Love DZG! 

27 May

It’s Love Your Zoo Week and we’re encouraging visitors to love DZG as much as we do! Throughout half term we’ll be running lots of love-themed activities to help spread the message about our conservation, education and research work with some ...


A deluxe donation 

26 May

Some of DZG’s tiniest native critters have a new deluxe home, thanks to talented members of a Dudley charity.


Centenary commemoration for Coseley Victoria Cross hero 

25 May

THE NUMBER 839 is an inauspicious one.


Throwback Thursday 

25 May

We’re dipping back into DZG’s archives today and returning to the beginning, 80 years ago… It was Monday, May 17 1937 and was the first bank holiday after DZG’s opening and we were once again making headlines when 250,000 visitors flocked to ...


CaK Full Disk – 24th May 

24 May

Despite heading on a journey towards solar minima the suns current geoffective face is quite busy, with bands of activity either side of the solar equator.


AR12659 in Ha – 24th May 

24 May

Despite being small, this active region had an interesting amount going on, the single spot was visible faintly on the photosphere, while its bipolar counterpart was seen as a small flaring region.


AR12658 in Ha – 24th May 

24 May

This image of this small active region reveals the photospheric ghost of the sunspot that was once prominent.


Twisting Plage – 24th May 

24 May

These images of twisted solar plasma are regions of plage, that, in calcium light would show up as white areas on the suns disk.


May Day is still marked 

24 May

Just read the article by Vanessa Scott in Bugle 1289 about the celebrating of May Day.


Eva was able to identify herself in photograph 

24 May

As outlined in my previous letter (on page 9 of last week's edition) on Easter Sunday 2017, Eva Wixon (nee Cox) returned to her childhood church, All Saints' in Sedgley, to attend Evensong.


George makes the cut! 

24 May

A new apprentice member of staff is making the cut as part of our gardening team.


Brand new musical staged at Stourbridge Town Hall 

23 May

POPULAR musicals and the light operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan have long been the staple fare of amateur operatic groups but occasionally they have staged new and original productions.


A very special baby! 

23 May

We’ve got exciting news as we’ve had the first rare black lemur birth at DZG in over a decade.


Archie Hill remembered: Black Country tale of childhood is… 

22 May

IN 1973, Archie Hill's first book was published and was acclaimed in The Sunday Times as 'a work that throbs with vitality, colour and meaning'.


Sunspot Genesis – 21st May 

22 May

It was very clear when I setup and observed on Sunday morning that there was an emerging flux region.


Recycling purchases birthday gift! 

22 May

Birthday boy, Margaash, is looking forward to a new scratching post after keepers recycled the old chairlift rope to raise funds! The snow leopard, who is seven today, loves playing with the heavy duty rope, as do our Sumatran tigers and Carpathian ...


CaK Full Disk – 21st May 

21 May

There was quite a reasonable layer of haze when I took this image, but, it was homogeneous, and so the transparency remained constant while I was image.


Dark Filament – 21st May 

21 May

Todays filament was a particularly dark one, though, I could not see it in CaK wavelengths.


AR12656 in Ha – 21st May 

21 May

Using the 0.2m Airylab HaT I was able to zoom in on the region around AR12656.


Castle tours continue 

21 May

We’ve released further dates for our tours and talks of Dudley Castle as we raise funds to fund the ongoing upkeep of the 11 th century scheduled ancient monument.


Active Regions in Calcium Light – 20th May 

20 May

There was only a chance for observing the sun very briefly this morning before the heavy showers started to roll in, even then I was cloud dodging and only managed a couple of images in Calcium light.


CaK Full Disk – 20th May 

20 May

A very early start to the day to beat the incoming weather.


AR12656 in Ha – 18th May 

20 May

Tried a few shots with the HaT before work on thursday 18th May, well I must have been half asleep as I had way too much tilt on the camera and the top left of the frame is clearly out of focus.


Seventies scenes at Dudley’s British Federal 

20 May

BRITISH FEDERAL was once a big employer of Dudley and Tipton folk.


Memento from when Billy Dainty opened church’s Xmas fair 

20 May

MORE THAN 30 years after he died, Billy Dainty remains one of the most popular entertainers from the Black Country.


Be bold for Barnardo’s 

20 May

Be bold and help us raise money for Barnardo’s in this year’s Big Toddle.


An adventurous agouti! 

19 May

Our Azara’s agouti are enjoying a new shelter in their Lorikeet Lookout enclosure.


Brierley Hill cannon found at 1938 South African memorial 

18 May

GOODS made in the Black Country were shipped to every corner of the globe and even centuries later these things can still be found.


Ha-pea primates! 

18 May

We’re celebrating National Vegetarian Week here at DZG and Thursdays mean peas are on today’s menu for some of our primates.


It’s Fishy 

17 May

Another concertina card but more of a men's theme this time.


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River Stour Clean-up – Sunday 14th May 

1 May

River Stour clean-up event Date: Sunday14th May Time: 10.15 for 10.30 Place: Still to be decided Other dates: June 11th, July 16th, August 20th Please email Rosanne for further information  rosanneadams@yahoo.


Abortion rights and the wider struggle: a call to arms 

28 Jan

In this week of unfolding dystopia, there is a lot going on.


To my 7 year old daughter on the day of #Womensmarch 

21 Jan

To my lovely baby You belong to you.


Further Ed is vital for a healthy democracy: 5 fatal flaws need changing to let it flourish 

17 Jan

I trained to teach in FE in 2004 and since then have had the privilege of sharing the journeys of hundreds of learners as they progress through college and on to bright futures.


Fight austerity, don’t scapegoat migrants: Midlands trades unionists respond to Coyne 

2 Jan

On Monday 2nd January, Unite West Midlands official Gerard Coyne addressed a Birmingham group of supporters as part of his campaign to take the Unite leadership from Len McCluskey.


Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Debate 

14 Dec

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to a debate on corporate governance and social responsibility.


Business, Innovation and Skills Questions 

13 Dec

Margot James answers questions from MPs on subjects including the trends in the number of women on boards and support for the self-employed.


Retail Store Closure: Boxing Day 

13 Dec

Margot James responds to a Parliamentary debate resulting from an e-Petition on closure of retail stores on Boxing Day.


Transforming the Food System – A public talk and short film 

8 Dec

Transforming the Food System – A public talk and short film You are warmly invited to an evening on ‘Transforming the Food System’.


Scottish Questions 

24 Nov

Margot James answers MPs’ questions relating the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Scotland.


Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions 

9 Nov

Margot James answers MPs’ questions in relation to counterfeit and substandard electrical goods, carbon monoxide alarms and opportunities for the development of small businesses.


Margot James responds to debate on workplace internships 

4 Nov

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to the Second Reading of a Private Member’s Bill to ensure all workplace internships are paid the National Minimum Wage.


Margot James responds to a debate on the national living wage 

3 Nov

Margot James responds to a debate on the national living wage which has brought immense benefits and seen wages for the low paid rise more than twice as much as those on average or higher pay around the country.


MP’s Stourbridge Careers Evening less than 2 weeks away 

1 Nov

Local MP and Business Minister Margot James will be hosting her next ‘Aspirations Event’, a Careers Evening, on Friday 11th November at the Glasshouse College in Stourbridge.


Margot James responds to BHS debate 

20 Oct

Margot James responds to a Parliamentary Backbench Business Committee debate on the governance of British Home Stores.


Halloween happenings at Dudley Castle 

20 Oct

Chance to witness ghostly goings on at haunted venue.


Chef Evans, due process, and equality fights 

15 Oct

***Content warning – may be triggering in relation to sexual assault and rape*** I wanted to write something briefly on this in solidarity with the opening up of pain and frustration I have seen from lots and lots of women I admire and value and ...


MP announces 2016 Careers Evening 

10 Oct

Local MP and Business Minister Margot James is hosting her next Aspirations Event, a Careers Evening, on Friday 11th November at the Glasshouse College in Stourbridge.


Leave Means Leave, but only if Donald Trump Wins 

25 Sep

This site has not hidden the notion we DO NOT trust Theresa May's government to get the best deal for the British in our exit negotiations, the reasons are simple, she is a strong remain MP, she loves Europe, worst of all she refuses to introduce any...


Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions 

14 Sep

Margot James answers MPs’ questions in relation to white goods product recall and employment protections.


Faulty Tumble Dryers (Fire Risk) Debate 

13 Sep

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to an adjournment debate on fire risk of faulty tumble dryers.


Harvest 2016! 

12 Sep

Hello Everyone We are excited to be preparing for the Harvest season.


Welcome Back! September 2016 

5 Sep

Hi All The BCFB Warehouse is open as usual, Monday to Friday 9am-2pm.


Vote Elane for FE disabled rep, NEC 

3 Sep

This week ballot papers will arrive for a UCU NEC by-election for FE disabled members rep.


The Single Market CON 

31 Aug

So Theresa is holding a big meeting at checkers, well don't hold your breath on the outcome, as most of her EU loving team want to submit to the EU's threats, made by the EU's autocratic unelected dictatorial masters.


May’s Honeymoon Is Over 

4 Aug

All over the UK good and true Conservatives are worried that the “Remain” team inside this new cabinet will NOT deliver our Exit to Britain's best advantage.


Playing the race card: Smith and working class identity politics 

26 Jul

Women workers’ banner at the black country museum workers institute It wasn’t too many decades ago that it was the tories who attacked the Labour party with the race card – if you want X for a neighbour vote Labour and all of that.


Summer Holiday Storehouse Opening Times 2016 

21 Jul

Hi All The Storehouse is Albion Street will be closed from (and including) Monday 29th August and reopen on Monday 5th September.


Brexit Light 

19 Jul

The new unelected Remain Prime Minister has now been appointed by the party board and all over the UK Brexit voters see no change in the direction of the UK's governance.


If you really want out, VOTE GOVE 

1 Jul

All over the UK following a world shattering referendum result our Government was given clear direct democratic instruction “LEAVE THE EU”, yet inside one week the very remain politicians in the Tory party helped by Labour are now ignoring your ...


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