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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Dr Henry Miller


From 2009-2013, Henry Miller worked as a Research Fellow for the History of Parliament Trust’s 1832-1868 Commons Project and is now a Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century British History at the University of Manchester.

When completed, this web-based project will provide scholarly but accessible biographies of 2,589 MPs and histories of 401 constituencies. There will be links to other electronic resources, such as parliamentary speeches and newspaper reports of elections. Henry works on the Midland counties, and has written entries for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire, including Birmingham and the biography of Thomas Attwood. In this period, the West Midlands in particular contained a fascinating mix of agriculture and industry, traditional small boroughs and newer industrial towns, great aristocratic landowners and new urban elites.

It is also Henry’s job to find portraits for each MP and pictures of elections. He is currently developing a book about the visual culture of Victorian politics, studying how contemporary photographs, engravings, cartoons and paintings shaped public perceptions of politics and politicians. He has published a number of academic articles on Victorian politics and the press and has lectured on modern British history at Queen Mary, University of London, where he completed his PhD, having previously studied at the University of Nottingham.

Dr Henry Miller