This website has been researched and created by staff and students in the History Department at Newman University, Birmingham.

It uses original primary sources to illustrate the local history of Birmingham and the west midlands region (which includes Birmingham, the Black Country, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire).

Target Audience

  • Teachers and students at schools, colleges and universities studying local and regional history
  • Members of local history societies
  • Interested members of the general public
  • Academic colleagues studying the regional identity of the west midlands

This website will continue to expand in scope and coverage. Any visitors with primary source material that they wish to contribute to the website are welcome to get in touch with the Head of History, Ian Cawood at

Searching the site

In order to search the database of documents, please use the search option at the top right of the screen. This will enable you to search the content of the scanned documents as well as their titles.

If you wish to contact us, please leave a comment below, or email Ian Cawood.