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.
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Birmingham's stunning new history galleries


Birmingham: its people, its history

Birmingham: its people, its history

From its origin as a medieval market town to its establishment as the celebrated workshop of the world, Birmingham: its people, its history tells the story of the people of the town and how they and their industries shaped today’s city – and the world.

Innovative displays –including a programme of living exhibits – highlight the central role that Birmingham played in creating and shaping our modern world.  From Medieval metalwork and 18thcentury decorative arts, through to Victorian costume and objects from the two World Wars, the new history galleries reveal to visitors many items that have never been on public display before.

In ‘Your Birmingham’ there’s also the chance to see objects donated by Birmingham people: poet Benjamin Zephaniah’s typewriter, parts of the Hadron collider, boxing gloves from Bunny Johnson, Britain’s first black heavyweight boxing champion.

For more information about the galleries and its programme of events visit Birmingham Museum & Art Galleries online.

Model of Medieval Birmingham

Model of Birmingham’s Medieval townscape

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