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SS Pussiewillow II, with Rowland Emett.

Blue plaque to honour Birmingham inventor Rowland Emett

The plaque will be unveiled at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

The Mount in Henley-in-Arden, site of former Beaudesert Castle, up for auction

The Mount, the site of the former Beaudesert Castle, in Henley in Arden
The value of its position, offering extensive views of the then wild Forest of Arden, meant that it was occupied in pre Norman times by local British tribes, the Romans and the Saxons

Major coup for Birmingham as Picasso painting to go on display at Barber Institute

Picasso's Woman Sleeping in a Chair updated
Painted in 1927, the picture has come from Japan and is believed to be the first major painting by the controversial Cubist ever to have gone on public exhibition in the city

City of Colours Festival: Our five favourite art installations in Birmingham

The Filthy Luker paintbrush on the top of the Selfridges building
From ice sculptures in Chamberlain Square to large-format displays of modern-day faith on Birmingham Cathedral, we’ve rounded up our favourite pieces of public art on display in Birmingham in recent years

Opus chef director David Colcombe's recipes for runners tackling Great Birmingham Run

Opus chef director David Colcombe
“Eating healthily and sensibly is especially important when you’re training for something like a half marathon, so I’ve created these recipes to give runners the boost they need, before and after training”
Birmingham's Michelin-starred restaurants: Purnell's, Turners, Adam's and Simpsons

Birmingham restaurants snubbed in Good Food Guide top 50

Despite Birmingham boasting four Michelin star restaurants none made it on to the prestigious list

Restaurant plans lodged for 130 Colmore Row

130 Colmore Row which is set to be transformed into a restaurant
Chinese investors show their hand for Grade II building following landmark investment deal earlier this year

Renovated and restored - Five Birmingham pubs sporting new looks

The Aston Tavern is one of many pubs around Birmingham to undergo a facelift
A look at some pubs which have undergone facelifts as Aston Tavern prepares to open for Villa's first home game of 2014/15 season
Regimental Sergeant-Major George Beck, of 1st Warwickshire Regiment.

Midland soldier's poignant war diary reveals Christmas truce of December 1914

A Midland soldier lived through the incredible Christmas Truce of December 1914 - and now his diaries are being published.

Influential Warwickshire historian was antiquary to the stars in the 1600s

Sir William Dugdale in 1656
An influential historian from Warwickshire was antiquary to the stars in the 1600s. Chris Upton reports

Coventry-born architect set out to create a utopian dream in America

New Harmony in Indiana as it looks today. Thomas Whitwell sailed to America in 1825 to see his scheme come to fruition.
A Coventry-born designer joined forces with a social reformer to build a unique community in the US, writes Chris Upton
Honda Civic Tourer 1.8 i_VTEC SR

Motoring Road Test: Sleek Honda Civic Tourer stands out from the crowd

Edward Stephens enjoys packing as many bags as possible into this spacious estate car

Motoring Road Test: Audi A3 Cabriolet Sport is a stylish drop-top on road to street cred

Audi A3 Cabriolet
Looks are everything when it comes to convertibles, writes Edward Stephens

Cool and compact with road presence

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class SUV
Mercedes-Benz's new GLA model is a class act, writes Edward Stephens
The Mount, the site of the former Beaudesert Castle, in Henley in Arden

The Mount in Henley-in-Arden, site of former Beaudesert Castle, up for auction

The value of its position, offering extensive views of the then wild Forest of Arden, meant that it was occupied in pre Norman times by local British tribes, the Romans and the Saxons

Home of the week: £1,750,000 Seechem Manor in Alvechurch, Worcestershire

Seechem Manor in Rowney Green Lane, Alvechurch.
This notable house in Alvechurch has been part of the local landscape for five centuries, writes Alison Jones

Home of the day: £850k Victorian property in Moor Green Lane, Moseley

Moor Green Lane in Moseley.
Improvements to this Moseley home have resulted in a splendid area for adults to relax in, Alison Jones reports

Videos & Photos

SS Pussiewillow II, with Rowland Emett.

Blue plaque to honour Birmingham inventor Rowland Emett

The Filthy Luker paintbrush on the top of the Selfridges building

City of Colours Festival: Our five favourite art installations in Birmingham

Birmingham's Michelin-starred restaurants: Purnell's, Turners, Adam's and Simpsons

Birmingham restaurants snubbed in Good Food Guide top 50

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