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James Grove & Sons' staff at the Halesowen factory in the 1950s

Button making has returned to its roots

Button making was big business in 18th century Birmingham. Chris Upton looks at how it has been revived in the 21st century

Austin motor the first German leader ever drove

The Austin Seven car which was so popular around the world and particularly in parts of Europe
The Birmingham built Austen Seven attracted the eye of Adolf Hitler when it rolled off the production line. Chris Upton reports

Great man's statue should take pride of place in Birmingham

The Joseph Chamberlain statue, which was in the Members' Lobby at the Palace of Westminster but was then relocated behind a filing cabinet in the House of Lords library.
Chris Upton looks at whether a statue of Chamberlain could find its way in Birmingham.

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James Grove & Sons' staff at the Halesowen factory in the 1950s

Button making has returned to its roots

Button making was big business in 18th century Birmingham. Chris Upton looks at how it has been revived in the 21st century

The Austin Seven car which was so popular around the world and particularly in parts of Europe

Austin motor the first German leader ever drove

The Birmingham built Austen Seven attracted the eye of Adolf Hitler when it rolled off the production line. Chris Upton reports

The Joseph Chamberlain statue, which was in the Members' Lobby at the Palace of Westminster but was then relocated behind a filing cabinet in the House of Lords library.

Great man's statue should take pride of place in Birmingham

Chris Upton looks at whether a statue of Chamberlain could find its way in Birmingham.

Corporation Street in the 1880s.

Determined mayor dragged Birmingham kicking and screaming - into modernity

Chris Upton looks at the impact Chamberlain had on the city of Birmingham

Joseph Chamberlain

Chamberlain's greatest legacy is the method and style of politics that he championed

Chamberlain became a champion of national radical politics, writes Dr Ian Cawood

Joseph Chamberlain with his wife Beatrice

Joseph Chamberlain: Politician knew how to put the spin on his radical manifesto

Chris Upton looks at the life and times of Joseph Chamberlain

A reconstruction by Pete Urmston of Caludon Castle (1550-70) which was built on land owned by Lady Godiva before the Norman conquest

Truth behind castle that once linked St George to Godiva

It was the starting point for a Shakespeare play. Chris Upton looks at a new book about the fascinating history of Caludon Castle

David Cox, painted by William Radclyffe in 1830.

The painter who shaped the lives of young ladies

Chris Upton looks at how one of England's greatest painters found himself at a boarding school for ladies in Herefordshire.

Sir Benjamin Stone, Boys Classroom, Mason's Orphanage, Erdington, Birmingham, 1908. Reproduced by permission of the Library of Birmingham

A wandering spirit and a passion for photography

To mark 100 years since the death of Birmingham photographer and intrepid explorer Sir Benjamin Stone, author and Newman University historian Stephen Roberts looks back at his legacy.

Rev. George Barrs (1771-1840)

Hard-hearted curate liked to put the record straight

A 19th century Black Country vicar who squabbled with his parishioners had the last word - by penning his frank thoughts about them on a burial register. Chris Upton reports

George Stubbs portrait of the Wedgwood family.

'Silver pictures' could be first photo images

They may be most famous for their pottery but one of the Wedgwood family was also a pioneer in creating a process which would lead to the invention of photography, writes Chris Upton

The obelisk dedicated to Simon de Montfort on the site where he died

Miracles abound in the cult of de Montfort

The body parts of Simon de Montfort, killed for leading a rebellion against the king in 1265, were considered to have magical powers, writes Chris Upton

Leicester Tower in Abbey Manor Park, the site of the Battle of Evesham 1265, where Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, was defeated

All the makings of a box office smash

If filmmakers are keen to follow-up on the success of TV epic Game of Thrones they don't need to search far to get inspiration. Chris Upton looks at historic blood and guts action which took place on our doorstep.

Sir Robert Hyde (1595-1665)

Remarkable adventure of 'murdered' tax collector

Chris Upton unearths a mysterious tale of a missing man who returned home two years after his servant was executed for his murder.

British soldiers pictured in a forward trench in Ypres, Belgium

Feelings started to run high as death toll began to rise

Growing hatred for Germans during the First World War sparked acts of violence against foreigners in Birmingham. Chris Upton reports

Sandford Avenue in Church Stretton, named after the Reverend Holland Sandford who lined it with lime trees

Visionary made town a tree-lined paradise

Chris Upton looks at how two Victorian philanthropists helped to make their Shropshire towns green.

‘Colossus of roads’ driven to distraction by villagers

It was the biggest transport project of its time but Chris Upton discovers how a simple water pump upset the engineer Thomas Telford

Worcester Cathedral

Solving mystery of the epitaph that got Wordsworth musing

Lying close to the final resting place of nobels is a grave with a rather derogatory one-word epitaph. Chris Upton reports

Birmingham General Hospital in Summer Lane, another charitable medical institution, where John Darwall became a physician in 1831

Medic's pioneering study of public health

Chris Upton looks at the work of a 19th century surgeon who researched the health of Birmingham's factory workers

Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire has a rich history

The perfect place more by accident than design

With its dark secrets and dastardly deeds, Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire has a rich history, as Chris Upton reports.

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