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The Warwickshire Photographic Survey and Schooling

The Warwickshire Photographic Survey is made up of some 25,000 photographs, 10,000 of which are from the original survey. Set up in 1890 by the Birmingham Photographic Society members Sir John Benjamin ...

Sir Benjamin Stone and Children in the UK

Sir John Benjamin Stone was born in Aston in 1838 and educated at King Edward's School on New Street, Birmingham. He joined his father’s glass manufacturing business, eventually succeeding him as director. ...

Sir Benjamin Stone and Children Around the World

Sir John Benjamin Stone was born in Aston in 1838 and educated at King Edward's School on New Street, Birmingham. He joined his father’s glass manufacturing business, eventually succeeding him as director. ...

Birmingham Childrens Homes- Resources for Schools

Introduction to resources for schools The records reproduced here are a sample of the archive material about Birmingham Children’s Homes, held by Birmingham Archives & Heritage. They have been put ...

St Athan Croft Children's Home, 34 St Athan Croft, Castle Vale

This children’s home on St Athan Croft was opened in 1967. When it opened it was a new build – a large detached house - on the newly built Castle Vale housing estate. It was in close proximity to another ...

‘A Birmingham workshop’, from ‘The Child Slaves of Britain’ by Robert Sherard

Sherard was a journalist who campaigned against the exploitation of child workers.

Alma Terrace, Highgate

Despite massive municipal building schemes of the inter-war years, the housing crisis was more pressing in Birmingham in 1945 than 1918. Recent housing surveys revealed an unacceptable 50,000 properties ...

When We Build Again (1943)

Section from the film 'When We Build Again', commissioned by the Cadburys firm and narrated by Dylan Thomas, discussing the various types of housing the working-class servicemen were returning to after ...

'A Medical Board', by W.L. Sherwood

This caricature by Staff-Sergeant W.L. Sherwood presents a sardonic view of the Medical Boards, which decided the fates of many soldiers during the First World War. Consisting of a panel of both military ...

Sketch for Peace, by Joseph Southall

This sketch is from a collection of material relating to the artist Joseph Southall held at the Birmingham Museum and Art Galleries. Southall was born into a Nottingham Quaker family in 1861. On the death ...

David Cox - 'A Gypsy Encampment'

Artists have often sentimentalised gypsies, using them as local colour in idealised rural settings. Here, however, it appears that David Cox has sketched these people from life, and they are the main ...

Postcard of Calthorpe Park

This birthday greetings postcard of Calthorpe Park was sent from D.S. to L. Payne of Solihull. Calthorpe Park was one of Birmingham’s first public parks, laid out in 1856.

Mr Wheeley's, Edgbaston, by Charles Barber

Many of Charles Barber’s drawings are simply labelled with their district rather than a specific location, but this farmhouse is helpfully titled Mr Wheeley’s, Edgbaston. The Wheeley family had been in ...

The Sitting Room, by Myra Bunce

‘Mr. Bunce is an intense lover of art and artists […] notable examples of Wainwright, of his old friend Henshaw, of H. Moore, Langley, J. Collier, Aumonier, East, Donaldson, Thomas Baker, Wyllie, and ...

Oral Testimony of Annie Florence Hackett

There are very few early twentieth century oral testimonies or first hand accounts giving details of the experiences of Bournville Works' employees. Annie Florence Hackett’s account is typical of those ...

Oral History Recording of Frank Jones

In this 'City Childhoods' oral history recording, Frank Jones talks about his memories of using Calthorpe and Cannon Hill parks. During the 1920s, Calthorpe Park and Cannon Hill Park were popular play ...

Interview with Alf Waldron, Mabel K. Waldron (his sister) and Mabel. A Waldron (his wife)

Excerpt from an interview with a working-class family from Harborne, giving insights into everyday life on the terrace block they lived in on Gordon Road, the surrounding shops, pubs and industries, and ...

Bristol Road Tramway

Whilst the soundscape of trams moving along Birmingham streets ceased in 1953, this distinctive recording was a notable feature of the ‘tram room’ at Birmingham Science Museum for almost fifty years more. ...