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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.

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Written by historians and researchers from the region, who uncover the stories of the people, ideas and innovations which have shaped the historic counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. It will interest anyone who wants to know more about the region and understand its history.

Each edition focuses on a topic highlighting the events which have made our region so important throughout the history of Britain and the world beyond.
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Malcolm Dick
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The Staffordshire Hoard - Unveiling the story so far The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found.

In this film we find out about the first stage of conservation work on the artefacts… and what secrets have been revealed. read more
_MG_9533View the video Experts believe that ground-breaking research into the Staffordshire Hoard shows that the ancient artefacts are a ‘true archaeological mirror’ to great Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf. In a unique event, every article from the … read moreread more
image001Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July Evening event on Saturday 19 July 2014 ♦ Museum alive with forties glamour ♦ ♦ Event brings to life the sights and sounds of pre-war Britain ♦ The D … read moreread more
IMG_1442Britain and Ireland 1200-1500:  Conquest and Colonisation DATE: Saturday 17th May 2014 VENUE: Earl Mortimer College, South Street, Leominster HR6 8JJ UK TICKETS: Members £20, Non-Members £25 including lunch and refreshments BOOKING: Pre-booking is important … read moreread more
Days out in Birmingham Advert 100mm x 130mmBIG BRUM OPEN TOP BUZ SIGHTSEEING TOUR From chocolate, custard, cars, whistles and bangles to the best in the world for medicine, education, sport, culture and art – Birmingham has it all – a live … read moreread more
trinder-wideThe River Severn has always been at the centre of the region. Newly discovered sources have opened exciting insights into the role played by the river in the industrial history of the region around Ironbridge … read moreread more
Crowd on Bournville Green during the opening of the Rest HouseCrowd on Bournville Green during the opening of the Rest House 1914 [MS 466/41 Box 8/44] George and Elizabeth Cadbury celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in April 1913 and the Rest House at Bournville was … read moreread more
Birmingham Tolkien Trail FOR WEBFrom 12 April 2014, a new Tolkien Trail leaflet will be available from Birmingham Welcome Centres and visitor attractions throughout Birmingham, including Sarehole Mill. This free trail encourages visitors to the city to explore the … read moreread more
Wolverhampton Art Gallery – New website tells untold story behind tower blockAn online archive has been launched featuring previously unseen material relating to the Black Country’s tower blocks. The archive, which can be viewed at www.distinctlyblackcountry.org.uk, is part of Block Capital, a Heritage Lottery-funded project which … read moreread more
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