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Wakelin's Street Guides

As a young lad I roamed my side of the city fairly widely. I had no street map but found my way by the use of my invaluable street guide, a copy of which I always carried. 509 more words

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'Everywoman: One woman’s truth about speaking the truth' by Jess Phillips – A review

It is safe to say that in the short time that Jess Phillips has been an MP, she has made an impact on public life. Since winning the seat of Birmingham Yardley in 2015, Phillips has published two books and become a powerful activist for woman’s rights with her speeches in Parliament becoming headline news. 649 more words

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A Walk to the New Smethwick Pumping House 

It’s a summer-warm April day in 2020. While the lockdown has limited access to our archival collections, it hasn’t to the places they illustrate. Therefore, I’m heading for the canals. 464 more words

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Oral Histories

Recently we asked for your help to create a collection which records the experiences of Birmingham people living through the current global pandemic. One of the ways you may like to do this is by recording an oral history. 1,004 more words

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Literacy and Education in the Transatlantic Texts of Reverend Peter Thomas Stanford, Birmingham’s First Black Minister

Written to coincide with the publication of their book, The Magnificent Reverend Peter Thomas Stanford, Transatlantic Reformer and Race Man published on 15th June 2020, we’re pleased to host the following article by Barbara McCaskill who visited Archives & Collections last summer for her research, and Sidonia Serafini, both of the Department of English, University of Georgia, USA. 1,333 more words

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Why can’t I see this object?!

You may have come into the Wolfson Centre and wondered ‘Why have I been told that this document has been closed because of its condition?’ You may have thought to yourselves ‘How bad can it be?!’ Sometimes when I look in a box, I am confronted with this… 809 more words

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Tracking the owners of land in 1873

On a shelf in the Frith Room at the Heritage Hub are two large, fat, blue-bound tomes labelled ‘Return of owners of land 1873’.  They tell us that the Returns were ‘Presented to Both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty’ and were printed in 1875. 314 more words

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