The West Midlands Enlightenment
The inaugural issue of the exciting new History West Midlands magazine is now available.
Written by historians and researchers from the region, History West Midlands uncovers 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.
The first issue focuses on the West Midlands Enlightenment of the 18th and 19th centuries. This was the time when industrialists such as Matthew Boulton, Josiah Wedgwood and John Wilkinson were changing the face of manufacturing and thinkers such as Erasmus Darwin were challenging the established view of the world.
To read more, please click on the titles to view the full articles.
Introducing the History West Midlands team
News and Events
The West Midlands and the Industrial Enlightenment
Shapers of the West Midlands Enlightenment
Herefordshire and the Enlightenment
Joseph Wright and the Derbyshire Enlightenment
The Derby Philosophical Society: A Force Behind Local and National Enlightenment
Was there a Shropshire Enlightenment?
|The Enlightenment Landscape
A regional map
Places to visit
Matthew Boulton and the Soho Enterprises
Industry and Genius: The Words and Letters of John Baskerville
Uniting Art and Industry: Josiah Wedgwood, Father of English
Erasmus Darwin: An Unacknowledged Genius?
A Philosophical Romance: Women, Education and Enlightenment