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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The Great Exhibition of 1851

Speeches that changed Britain: Oratory in Birmingham




Unlocking the secrets of the Staffordshire Hoard

This new series of three audio podcasts explores the Staffordshire Hoard, the exceptional collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver treasure discovered in 2009, currently undergoing one of the UK’s largest archaeological research projects.

Fortunes of War - Revealing secrets of West Midlands and Napoleonic Wars

Commemorating 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo On the eve of the battle which brought the Napoleonic Wars to an end, the West Midlands had been changed forever. In our beautifully new illustrated new book – Fortunes of War – historians tell stories of the West Midlands and its people and uncovering fascinating secrets.

Birmingham Cathedral

For 300 years St Phillips has been at the heart of faith in Birmingham. This year the Cathedral is celebrating its tercentenary with a Programme of Events exploring the heritage of this Baroque gem. Now you can follow an audio tour of the Cathedral with accompanying images.

Carl Chinn's Birmingham

Carl Chinn is taking to the “airwaves” again to bring you popular insights into Birmingham’s people and their lives in the city. Carl, who is Professor of Birmingham Community History at the University of Birmingham, is a well-known and very popular broadcaster who presented his own radio show for many years. A prolific author, Carl is renowned for work in the community and for researching and telling the stories of the “Real Brummies” among whom he was born and grew-up. His work has been widely acclaimed and in 2001 Carl was awarded the MBE for his services to local history and local charities. Carl’s new programme will explore the City’s history from his unique viewpoint.

The Curator's Choice: Objects that tell our history

Curators and conservationists from some of the wonderful collections to be found in West Midlands museums and galleries choose a favourite piece. They are invited to describe their chosen item and to talk about the collection which it represents.

The Black Country Lives: People, places and events in the region's history

Monthly programmes discussing the rich industrial and social history of the Black Country hosted by well-known broadcaster, Graham Fisher.