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.


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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Following the men who made the modern world - The Lunar Society Trail - Birmingham, UK In the 18th century a unique group of friends came together in the rapidly growing town of Birmingham bound together by their common passion for enlightenment. They were the men of the Lunar Society who met on evenings when the full moon would provide the light to guide them home safely. view more
uglow, jenny1Well-known social historian and prize-winning author Jenny Uglow is publishing a fascinating new book entitled In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleon’s Wars. Jenny will preview her book and explore the stories of people … read moreread more
UntitledThis is the story of a small rural parish. It traces the lives of the people who lived there and worked the land, and the impact on them of manor, church and landlord. In exploring … read moreread more
mboultoncroppedFriday 17th October 2014 at Noon By kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster, I have pleasure in inviting you, with a guest, to a special service at Westminster Abbey for the Dedication of … read moreread more
it's a gasFriday 10 & Saturday 11 October 2014 On 10 & 11 October 2014 Black Country Living Museum will be holding its first ever ‘It’s a Gas!’ conference exploring the heritage of the manufactured gas industry … read moreread more
reyahn 3Over 400 people attended an open day and topping out ceremony at Avoncroft Museum. The event honoured Bromsgrove’s industrial heritage and marked a milestone in a reconstruction project that is rescuing and restoring a local … read moreread more
0250 years of history • 80,000 objects. 1 chance to keep it together The Wedgwood Collection, one of the most important industrial archives in the world and a unique record of 250 years of British … read moreread more
3DVisLtd-Draper-Shot-A--pp_HDThe Drapers’ Hall Trust has received initial support* from The Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant of £2 million to help restore the Drapers’ Hall, Bayley Lane, Coventry for use as a small music performance … read moreread more
BCE_Festival_CMYKBlack Country Echoes is an exciting project that is happening now. The festival will celebrate the rich industrial heritage of the Black Country from 20 September – December 2014. Join us for these pre-festival events… … read moreread more
3 Memorial to 3rd Batallion Sherwood Foresters-All Saints Church (Derby Cathedral)During the centenary years of the First World War even the most casual of observers is likely to be inundated with acts of commemoration, remembrance, entertainment and education. The landmark anniversary has seen plans laid … read moreread more
photo-55-760x1024This richly illustrated book examines some aspects of the development of Cromford and Scarthin from the mid eighteenth century. It recognises, as it must, a village largely shaped by several generations of the Arkwright family … read moreread more