Biography, History and the shaping of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham, Studio Theatre
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Social Sciences, Students
Monday 28th October 2013 (18:30-20:00)

Sian Roberts
Tel: 0121 3030 6780

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How does looking at individual biographies contribute to our understanding of Birmingham’s history? What connections are there between the regional and national story?

Join us for this free event to mark the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’s release of 70 new biographies of men and women who shaped the city of Birmingham. A panel of speakers will reflect on the relationship between individual life stories and the city’s history, and discuss some of the individuals featured in the new release including, among others, Geraldine and Barrow Cadbury, the men and women of the Chamberlain family, American consul and peace campaigner Elihu Burritt, and Birmingham based educator and humanitarian activist Margaret Backhouse who collected the Nobel peace Prize in 1947.

Speakers include Dr. Lawrence Goldman from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Dr Chris Upton, Professor Peter Marsh and Dr Sian Roberts. The presentations will be followed by an open discussion on the role of biography in telling the story of the city of Birmingham.

This is a free event organised in partnership between the Library of Birmingham and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and all are welcome.

The Oxford DNB is free to use both in the library and at home if you are a library member. Details about this and a list of all the individuals featured in the release can be viewed via the links on the Library of Birmingham website

For further information about the Oxford DNB contact Daniel Parker on or 01865 35 3344.