Useful Links

The Archives of Soho

An introduction to this important collection which contains the Matthew Boulton Papers, the James Watt Papers and the Bolton and Watt Archive.

The archives of Soho

Birmingham Stories

A series of learning guides to archive collections on a range of different themes including race, women's history, faith history, refugees, slavery and abolition, childhood, and travellers. There are also a series of biographical portraits of Birmingham faces and places including Rhoda Anstey, James Bissett, Elizabeth Cadbury, Henry Gunther, Mahmood Hashmi, Sarwan Singh, and many more...

Birmingham Stories

Connecting Histories

A range of collections exhibitions and historical walks, as well as new and original research illuminating the hidden histories of Birmingham's diverse communities. The site includes information about the histories of the Black, Asian, Jewish, Irish, Travelling, and LGBT communities among others. You will also find guidance on how to conduct your own research.

Connecting Histories

Digital Handsworth

Digital Handsworth is a multimedia resource guide to the history of the community focussed on the ancient parish of Handsworth.

Digital Handsworth

Digital Ladywood

Digital Ladywood is a Local History Project which aims to record the life and times of people living on the five estates making up Attwood Green, and also the wider area of Ladywood. As well as this website there will also be a series of displays in community areas across the estates.

Digital Ladywood

Revolutionary Players

A project supported by the New Opportunities Fund focusing on the history of the Industrial Revolution in the West Midlands in Britain between the years 1700 and 1830.

Revolutionary Players

Access to Archives

A2A is part of the UK archives network. The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales dating from the eighth century to the present day.

Access to Archives

Archives Hub

A national gateway to the descriptions of archives in UK universities and colleges.

Archives Hub

The Charles Parker Trust

This group was set up in 1981 at the same time as the Charles Parker Trust, and since then has been supporting the Trustees in two main ways. Firstly and it is a source of volunteers – to support the cataloguing and copying process, and to help in the organisation of events. Secondly it raises money in a small way which can be used as matched funding against grants from funding bodies.

The Charles Parker Trust

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