The Peart Collection holds an extensive selection of historic maps covering Birmingham and the West Midlands region.
Beginning with original engravings of the Midlands counties dating from the early 17th century, the collection holds examples of most major maps produced from this time up to the establishment of the Ordnance Survey in the early nineteenth century. OS large-scale plans at 6-inch, 25-inch and 50-inch to 1-mile are available for Birmingham and its surroundings at various dates along with a selection of engravings of Birmingham scenes and buildings.
The maps are accompanied by a collection of books, pamphlets, gazetteers, trade directories, town guides and handbooks relating to Birmingham and the Midlands area, with a particular emphasis upon the historical development of Birmingham.
Coming soon – we are working to scan parts of the local collection and aim to make the resources available online.