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.


Written by historians and researchers from the region, who uncover the stories of the people, ideas and innovations which have shaped the historic counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. It will interest anyone who wants to know more about the region and understand its history.

Each edition focuses on a topic highlighting the events which have made our region so important throughout the history of Britain and the world beyond.
Malcolm Dick
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The Staffordshire Hoard - Unveiling the story so far The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found.

In this film we find out about the first stage of conservation work on the artefacts… and what secrets have been revealed. read more
_MG_9533View the video Experts believe that ground-breaking research into the Staffordshire Hoard shows that the ancient artefacts are a ‘true archaeological mirror’ to great Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf. In a unique event, every article from the … read moreread more
BCE_Festival_CMYKBlack Country Echoes is an exciting project happening now in Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton. The project celebrates the rich heritage of manufacturing from post-war to the present day and will culminate in a festival … read moreread more
9781860776922A richly illustrated history of all aspects of the city’s history, from St Osburga and Lady Godiva to bicycles, cars and the hopes of the twenty-first century Once one of England’s busiest and wealthiest cities, … read moreread more
Rowland Emett Automota 071‘Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett’ open at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 10 May – 21 September 2014 Largest ever exhibition of work by the world-famed inventor, cartoonist and creator of contraptions … read moreread more
image008Working replica of world’s first at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge on display this summer England as the birthplace of the steam locomotive has been revealed as part of VisitEngland’s Hall of Fame to celebrate … read moreread more
trinder-wideThe River Severn has always been at the centre of the region. Newly discovered sources have opened exciting insights into the role played by the river in the industrial history of the region around Ironbridge … read moreread more
Birmingham Tolkien Trail FOR WEBFrom 12 April 2014, a new Tolkien Trail leaflet will be available from Birmingham Welcome Centres and visitor attractions throughout Birmingham, including Sarehole Mill. This free trail encourages visitors to the city to explore the … read moreread more
Exterior, credit ThreeSixty CommunicationsAn exhibition of selected works from Frank Cohen’s internationally acclaimed collection of contemporary art is set to launch the new Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, which opens its doors on Tuesday 1st April. The show … read moreread more