Birmingham History Day provides an opportunity to hear about new publications, projects and heritage in the city. A detailed programme will be provided on the day. Several presentations will focus on recent books, which will also be on sale. One is devoted to the history of Brandauer, which made its mark manufacturing pens in the 19th century; it remains today as a maker of precision metals There will also be talks about new publications on the Town Hall, local canals and a 19th century Birmingham map.
Norman Bartlam and the children who make up the ‘News Team of Ladywood’ will present a DVD of their latest investigations into Birmingham history. This is a stimulating example of how children engage with their local area.
Birmingham Museums and the Central Library are the public face of local history and heritage. There will be updates on project developments from staff at both organisations. Other local activities include a Landscape Characterisation project, which offers a remarkable way of seeing the changing landscape of Birmingham, the innovative Lozells and East Handsworth Heritage Trail and the John Baskerville Project, devoted to the local manufacturer, typographer, printer and Enlightenment figure. Attendees will receive a free Baskerville DVD. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is a valuable online resource for historians and Dr Mark Curtoys will provide an insight into its Birmingham resources. The History West Midlands Project which is producing a magazine and website was launched at Birmingham History Day in 2011. The first issue of the magazine is imminent and those attending Birmingham History day will receive a sample edition and have the opportunity to up for free copies of the first two magazines