These new biographies were recently added to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. They join many other people of ideas, industry and enterprise from Birmingham and the Black Country.
Today we feature
Julius Alfred Chatwin (1830-1907)
Architect of many famous Birmingham buildings
Julius Chatwin was a prolific architect who contributed pioneering and much loved buildings including St Martin in the Bullring as well as the choir and high altar at the Cathedral and St Augustine’s, Edgbaston. His legacy is discussed by Tim Bridges, architectural advisor to Birmingham Victorian Society.
Kathleen Dayus (1903-2003)
Back-to-back poverty to business woman and author
Professor Carl Chinn, Chair of Birmingham Community History at the University of Birmingham, describes the often tragic but inspiring life of Kathleen Dayus. Born into an impoverished family in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Kathleen eventually built a successful enamelling business and in her later years became a well-known author who told her story in Hockley: growing up in working class Birmingham.
Coming soon: more films
In the coming weeks History West Midlands will bring you films on:
Sir Alfred Owen
Industrialist and philanthropist founder of the BRM Formula 1 team and supporter of World Land Speed Record attempts
Peter Thomas Stanford
A slave who became a leading Baptist Minister
US consul in Birmingham whose writings capture the economic and social life of the city and the Black Country in the mid 19th century
The sculptor who created more than 50 works including the iconic statue of Boulton, Murdoch and Watt in Broad Street
Designer of beautiful stained glass whose work forms a permanent exhibition in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and which beautify churches in the West Midlands and overseas