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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.
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Warriors, Warlords and Saints: The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia
Getting to the heart of Anglo Saxon England

Fascinating stories

Hardcover

Beautifully illustrated

Full colour images throughout

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Anglo Saxon Mercia was a great power in its day, although many aspects of it have been shrouded in myth & mystery. In the richly illustrated Warriors, Warlords and Saints: The Anglo Saxon Kingdom of Mercia, author John Hunt uses this evidence to paint a vivid picture of this political and cultural powerhouse which, at the height of its influence, ruled over much of England, and reached out across Europe.

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James Watt - Making The World Anew James Watt - Making The World Anew

Ben Russel, Curator of Mechanical Engineering at the Science Museum, London, creates an enthralling picture of a fascinating man in a 'unique, expansive exploration' with 69 illustrations. He demonstrates how Watt repeatedly transformed ephemeral ideas into important new technologies and tangible artefacts. He also shows how Watt has become emblematic of modern thinking.

This is an accessible and thoroughly enjoyable book for the non-specialist reader who wants to know more about this crucially important figure of his age.

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Two Titans, One City – Joseph Chamberlain, George Cadbury and BirminghamTwo Titans, One City – Joseph Chamberlain, George Cadbury and Birmingham

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Two Titans, One City – Joseph Chamberlain, George Cadbury and BirminghamAuthor Andrew Reekes meets historian Sally Hoban at Chamberlain's home, Highbury Hall. View all films »
Oratory that changed Britain

Speeches that changed Britain

Andrew Reekes
A fascinating and richly illustrated book exploring speeches made in Birmingham that changed history.

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Revolutionary Players provides a unique open-access resource of biographies, images & contemporary documents which tell the stories of the Industrial Revolution which shaped the World as we know it today.

www.revolutionaryplayers.org.uk

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