Exploring the rich and fascinating past of the historic counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

We uncover the history of the people, ideas and events that shaped the West Midlands and the world beyond.


Historians and researchers from the region tell the stories of the people, ideas and innovations which have shaped the historic counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the world beyond.

These stories are told in print, film and online and offer you the chance to explore this fascinating region and its people.
Malcolm Dick
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The Real Peaky Bliders 26th November 2014, Austin Court, Central Birmingham
The BBC drama Peaky Blinders has been a hit in Britain and the USA.
Now is your chance to learn about the real lives of the Peaky Blinders... view more
donateHow to donate online Donate on the Just Giving website. After you have made your donation, please add a message to let us know your donation is for the Staffordshire Hoard Appeal. How to donate by text … read moreread more
Young people prepare New St Station exhibition (Photo by Kate Green)Midland Actors Theatre Actors to take on roles of people from the station’s past NEW STREET STATION CONCOURSE 7-9 NOVEMBER 2014 (10am – 3pm DAILY) A unique exhibition will be held at New Street Station, … read moreread more
UntitledThis is the story of a small rural parish. It traces the lives of the people who lived there and worked the land, and the impact on them of manor, church and landlord. In exploring … read moreread more
5994692556_8396ae1bf8_zBIG BRUM OPEN TOP BUZ GHOST BUS TOUR Prepare to be entertained and spooked by ghostly stories from around the city – prize for the best costume on the night Sunday 26th October 2014 at … read moreread more
Black Country Living MuseumBlack Country Living Museum’s mine will celebrate its 25th anniversary this month, having taken over 4 million visitors back in time and ‘into the thick’. Our drift mine is one of the few mine tours … read moreread more
reyahn 3Over 400 people attended an open day and topping out ceremony at Avoncroft Museum. The event honoured Bromsgrove’s industrial heritage and marked a milestone in a reconstruction project that is rescuing and restoring a local … read moreread more
0250 years of history • 80,000 objects. 1 chance to keep it together The Wedgwood Collection, one of the most important industrial archives in the world and a unique record of 250 years of British … read moreread more
3DVisLtd-Draper-Shot-A--pp_HDThe Drapers’ Hall Trust has received initial support* from The Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant of £2 million to help restore the Drapers’ Hall, Bayley Lane, Coventry for use as a small music performance … read moreread more
BCE_Festival_CMYKBlack Country Echoes is an exciting project that is happening now. The festival will celebrate the rich industrial heritage of the Black Country from 20 September – December 2014. Join us for these pre-festival events… … read moreread more