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The Birmingham Cut Nail Industry

In our first film. Guy Sjogren charts the rise and fall of the cut-nail industry in Birmingham.

In less than a century it went from cottage industry, to employing thousands in mills, and then into decline. Watch our first film below:



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The Birmingham Cut Nail Industry