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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 new 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 waterloo
New Podcast
Revealing secrets of West Midlands and Napoleonic Wars

Commemorating 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. On the eve of the battle which brought the Napoleonic Wars to an end, the West Midlands had been changed forever.
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Latest News
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
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
VisitEngland Gold Award presentation 11 May 15 for names see release-+*Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has won the top Gold Award in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category of the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015. Intended for venues that welcome more than 50,000 … read moreread more
18th century drawing of Iron Bridge by Edward Edgcombe (med)-+*The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, with the support of the Arts Council England V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, has acquired a stunning late 18th century line and … read moreread more
I Saw Three Ships by Maxwell Ashby Armfield  Date painted 1930 Credit Derby Museums Trust-+*A selection from the fine art, decorative art, ethnographical and archaeological collections are to go on display at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, in a new exhibition, Common Treasury. The exhibition opens to the public … read moreread more
School exterior1-+*The School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University is celebrating its 125th anniversary throughout 2015 with an extensive programme of events throughout the year. These events are listed on a dedicated website The School has … read moreread more