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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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Francis Brett Young – Life in the Black Country

The pages of his novels bring to life nailmakers noisily shaping red hot iron on their anvils, their families constant struggle to survive; and the passions of young lovers.
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Latest News
Saturday 21 November 2015, 10.00am to 4.30pm Large Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, University of Birmingham B15 2TT Birmingham History Day provides an opportunity to hear about new books, history projects and heritage activities in the city. … read more
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The Ironbridge Gorge Museums, in Shropshire’s river Severn valley, are running several spooky events during the October half-term school holidays leading up to Halloween night. Go along more
Saturday 17th October 2015, 10.00am – 4.00pm Lecture Theatre 1, Ground Floor, Strathcona Building, University of Birmingham B15 2TT The Black Country Society and the Centre for West Midlands History at the University of Birmingham, is … more
Dr Chris Upton, Reader in Public History at Newman University, died on Thursday 1 October at the age of 61 after more
Heritage Lottery Fund are looking for a Chair and Member for their Committee for West Midlands, commencing 1 April 2016. Their outgoing Chair, Les Sparks says: “ more
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 more
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 more