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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.

History West Midlands

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.
History West Midlands in 2015
Exciting series of free podcasts
History West Midlands launches an exciting series of podcasts exploring the story of the region. Free to everyone who registers.
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How industrial pollution affected the lives of Black Country folk

Well-known Black Country broadcaster, Graham Fisher explores the true human cost of pollution caused by rapid expansion of 19th century industry in the Black Country.
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Latest News
Museum of The Gorge, Ironbridge 2-+*The iconic Museum of The Gorge, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire, has reopened its doors following a major refurbishment. Thanks to support from the Art Fund’s crowdfunding platform, Art Happens, the … read moreread more
icon-+*The Institute of Conservation has announced the shortlist for the 2015 Icon Conservation Awards, which has this year attracted a “huge increase in entries”. Some of the highest-profile conservation projects in the world have been … read moreread more
Spry last surving lower Severn trow-+*Spry, last remaining Severn trow, a Tub Boat and Ice Breaker  The story of transport on England’s waterways and its role in the Industrial Revolution has now unfolded, thanks to a legacy from a long … read moreread more
Untitled-+*St Philip’s to lead the second of three evenings of music and drama highlighting the heritage of three centuries of Birmingham on Saturday June 20th. ‘Festival of Voices – Birmingham in the 19th Century’ will … read moreread more
SetWidth472-three-black-humps-header-+*New commission opens to the public 22 June Press preview of installation 16 June Interview and filming opportunities  A newly commissioned sculpture by artist David Nash is set to be revealed in the industrial landscape … read moreread more
World of Wedgwood - Press Toolkit_final-+*New for summer 2015 is an inspiring visitor experience, the World of Wedgwood. Opening its doors to the public in mid-July, the experience is set in 240 acres of Staffordshire countryside, and combines an array … read moreread more
Pommel front-+*Hundreds of fragments grouped together to reveal remains of incredibly rare high status helmet  Unique form of sword pommel also uncovered  Historic England gives £400,000 towards research but £120,000 still needed  Ground breaking research and … read moreread more