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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Joseph Chamberlain - An Icon of Birmingham This month marks the centenary of the death of Joseph Chamberlain whose three terms as Mayor changed the city forever and did much to make it the “best governed city in the world.”

To contribute to this discussion History West Midlands has produced a 30 minute documentary film of Chamberlain the man and civic leader. view film
AS_AcConf1Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October 2014 An Academic Conference with the UK’s leading experts on the Industrial Revolution hosted at Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mills in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Stretching … read moreread more
Derby Museum 131The newly opened Joseph Wright Institute at Derby Museum and Art Gallery provides an excellent example of the continuing efforts by the Museum and its staff to promote the life and work of Wright and … read moreread more
photo-55-760x1024This richly illustrated book examines some aspects of the development of Cromford and Scarthin from the mid eighteenth century. It recognises, as it must, a village largely shaped by several generations of the Arkwright family … read moreread more
vwp-t-r1Victoria and Chamberlain Squares Remembering 100 years ago… August marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, 2 – 4 August. Birmingham plays host to a number of events over the anniversary … read moreread more
SatelliteLibrary of Birmingham Saturday 19th July @ 11:00am-3:00pm Room 104, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, B1 2ND Birmingham is a city comprised of an incredibly diverse range of communities, cultures and experiences. The Birmingham Community … read moreread more
Jackfield Tile Museum John Scott collection Arts and Crafts Deer panel by William de Morgan c1870A new gallery at Jackfield Tile Museum, near Ironbridge in Shropshire, opening 16th October, will house a world-class collection of British decorative tiles donated from a private collector. The 1,300 individual tiles and 310 panels … read moreread more
image001Jewellery Quarter Research Group Wimbledon owes its existence to Harry Gem The Forgotten Mr Wimbledon who is buried at the Church of England Cemetery at Warstone Lane   Wimbledon has its roots in a garden in … read moreread more
Call for papers: The Beauty of Letters – text, type and communication in the eighteenth centuryTHE CENTRE FOR WEST MIDLANDS HISTORY and the BASKERVILLE SOCIETY are pleased to announce their annual conference will take place in Birmingham, 14-15 March 2015 In his preface to Paradise Lost (1758), John Baskerville described … read moreread more