The Birmingham History Network is a West Midlands social group aiming to spread interest and knowledge about history whilst also increasing interaction between academic historians and the general public by convening social gatherings, museum trips, book readings, informal symposia and a whole host of other activities.
This is a local branch of The History Network. The History Network is based on the following values:
• History belongs to everyone and should be accessible to everyone. Therefore, the History Network is a strictly non-profit organisation. It is acceptable to gather donations but these must be spent on administrative costs and event organisation.
• Given that history belongs to everyone, discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, class, race, nationality, religion, and disability is absolutely unacceptable. The History Network strives to make its events accessible to all and to ensure that its events respect individual differences.
• History is the scientific study of the past and is based on the principle of objectivity. Therefore, the History Network will not organise events that seek to promote particular ideological, religious, or political beliefs and agendas.
The Girl from Guildford St: growing up in the Birmingham Back to Backs 1957 - 1968
Gina Maddison is a former retired librarian for Birmingham and Sandwell councils. As a librarian, she had a particular interest in local and family studies.
Gina grew up in the Back to Backs of Lozells, in the 1960s, one of the last generation of children to do so. These houses were two up, one down, with a coal cellar, a shared yard, no hot running water or central heating, an outside toilet, a tin bath and a brewhouse in the back yard, for washing.
She has written a book about her childhood under the pen name Grace Caroline Holte, published by Brewin Books, and the proceeds go to charity. It can be purchased from amazon , Brewin books, or autographed copies available from [masked]. Copies can also be requested from Birmingham Libraries.
The book celebrates a way of life now gone, where virtually all Brummies, including the author's parents, worked in local factories and trade and manufacturing was booming in Birmingham.
The book has been warmly received by Carl Chinn and Alton Douglas as an evocation of a way of life long gone.
Please book your ticket here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-girl-from-guildford-st-growing-up-in-the-birmingham-back-to-backs-1957-1968-tickets-53617668891
The Smalbroke Vs Colmore Family Feud
The Feud between the Smalbrokes and Colmores, two prominent Birmingham families in the 16th/17th centuries, culminated in an 18 month trial at Star Chamber where the Colmores were charged with assault, destruction of property, riot, terrorizing or labouring witnesses to prevent their testimony, defamation, conspiracy and attempted murder. Find our more about the feud at this talk.
Marie Fogg is a local historian and her book 'The Smalbroke Family Of Birmingham[masked]' is available from here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Smalbroke-Family-Birmingham-1550-1749/dp/144525123X
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