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Chris Upton's best local history books of 2014
Chris Upton digs out a few of the best local history books for your delectation.
First world war exhibitions reveal the human heartache suffered by many
There have been plenty of exhibitions marking the centenary of the First World War. Chris Upton takes a look at a few of them
Birmingham builder honoured with blue plaque
The man responsible for some of Birmingham's finest buildings has been honoured with a blue plaque. Chris Upton reports
Brinsop Court in Herefordshire housed some famous historical names
Brinsop Court in Herefordshire is the country house that has been home to some famous historical names. Chris Upton takes a look.
Chris Upton: Ed Miliband's forgetfulness in his conference speech
A conversational Ed Miliband omitted to mention the economy in his conference speech, so busy was he remembering all the people he's met, he forgot his policy.
Thousands turned out to be in Lloyd George film
The riots which took place after Lloyd George's infamous speech in Birmingham in 1901 were recreated for the big screen. Chris Upton reports
The Worcester curate helping to build bridges with the sweet smell of home
Worcester curate, Father Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, who was honoured for his bravery in the First World War is remembered in an exhibition. Chris Upton reports
Textile designer William Morris named wallpaper after Wolverhampton brewer's home
A Wolverhampton brewer once filled his great home with treasure from far and wide... and then lost it all. Chris Upton reports
Chris Upton: Perfect day without a car in the world
I always knew that having a white car would come with cleaning issues, but white was the only colour - or absence of colour - I was offered.
Influential Warwickshire historian was antiquary to the stars in the 1600s
An influential historian from Warwickshire was antiquary to the stars in the 1600s. Chris Upton reports
Chris Upton: The latest idea for London is a garden bridge crossing the Thames
One of the latest ideas for London is a garden bridge, to cross the Thames somewhere near the South Bank.
Coventry-born architect set out to create a utopian dream in America
A Coventry-born designer joined forces with a social reformer to build a unique community in the US, writes Chris Upton
The woman who founded Warwick to stifle Vikings
As Warwick celebrates its 1,100th anniversary, Chris Upton discovers how an Anglo Saxon woman laid its foundations.
Chris Upton: Great War commemoration was a week to remember
Great War commemoration and the Commonwealth Games have kept all regal hands to the pump.
Zeppelins brought death and destruction to the Black Country
The factories of the West Midlands played a vital role in the First World War. Chris Upton recalls how German airships targeted them in a devastating raid
On yer bike! And take your lycra with you
The Tour De France is down there at the foot of my list of sporting highlights, to sit alongside the Boat Race, the London Marathon, and anything involving a horse.
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
Library of Birmingham
Architecture prize misses the point...
The new Library of Birmingham has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
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
Between a rock and a hard place
Porthcurno Rock Form is perfectly distilled Hepworth, an organic column, that could be bone or rock.
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.
Determined mayor dragged Birmingham kicking and screaming - into modernity
Chris Upton looks at the impact Chamberlain had on the city of Birmingham
Joseph Chamberlain: Politician knew how to put the spin on his radical manifesto
Chris Upton looks at the life and times of Joseph Chamberlain
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