I am a PhD student in the Centre for West Midlands History at the School of History and Cultures at the University of Birmingham, where I am studying the material, economic and social development of the little researched southern Black Country town of Oldbury during the Industrial Revolution.
The Centre for West Midlands History is the ideal place to study the history of the Midland area. The facilities provided by the University are second to none, and there is a strong link between schools to enable you to gain insight and expertise in different areas. I was able, for example, to attend lectures with archaeology students in order to learn how to use GIS in my work and to learn the basics of landscape archaeology/history.
There is a strong postgraduate network at the University and the encouragement and support that I have received from my supervisor, Dr Malcolm Dick, has been invaluable.