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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.
HWM podcast cruel
Cruel world of the nailmakers

So wrote the Black Country novelist Francis Brett Young and history shows that he did not exaggerate the perpetually harsh life that these men, women and children lived.
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Toby at East London lighthouse-+*Monday, 13th July 2015 at 19:00. For much of the 19th and early 20th Centuries, lighthouse technology was dominated by Chance Brothers of Smethwick in the West Midlands. This is a rare opportunity to hear … 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
2645a7812afb983ae1b45174ef55cad2-+*Derby Museums secures major Heritage Lottery Fund support Derby Museums has received earmarked funding* for a £9.38m bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making project, it … read moreread more
CCCE-16-Cover-paperback.indd-+*The mysteries of what lay beneath Hereford Cathedral Close are revealed in a new book being launched on Wednesday 20 May at 6pm in College Hall at Hereford Cathedral. Two of the archaeologists who co-authored … read moreread more