Issue 1 – Spring 2013


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West Midlands Enlightenment

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.