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West Midlands Collection

The West Midlands region is a treasure trove of history, culture, and sporting excellence

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: BSA Factory, Small Heath, Birmingham. 15th March 1973

BSA Factory, Small Heath, Birmingham. 15th March 1973

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Birmingham Snow Hill Station, c. 1940s

Birmingham Snow Hill Station, c. 1940s
A view of Birmingham Snow Hill station, c.1940s, showing platform No.8 and a few passengers strolling along

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Aston Villa v Santos. Pictured, Pele coming on to the pitch. 21st February 1972

Aston Villa v Santos. Pictured, Pele coming on to the pitch. 21st February 1972

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Aerial view of Villa Park football stadium, home to Aston Villa Football Club

Aerial view of Villa Park football stadium, home to Aston Villa Football Club. 25th August 1968

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Delph Locks

Delph Locks
A closely-spaced flight of narrow locks on the Stourbridge Canal. Known locally as " Nine Locks" although only eight now remain. IoE 217976

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: The Coventry Climax Engines ET199 the first British-produced forklift truck

The Coventry Climax Engines ET199 the first British-produced forklift truck, seen here being demonstrated by a girl worker at the Coventry factory that produces the truck

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Church of St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham, West Midlands, 1887

Church of St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham, West Midlands, 1887. The church was originally built in the 13th century

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Coventry old cathedral shell and new modern cathedral, Coventry, West Midlands, England

Coventry old cathedral shell and new modern cathedral, Coventry, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Exterior view of the entrance to Villa Park football stadium

Exterior view of the entrance to Villa Park football stadium, home to Aston Villa Football Club. 1st August 1969

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: General view of Birmingham, West Midlands, England (engraving)

General view of Birmingham, West Midlands, England (engraving)
KW1078128 General view of Birmingham, West Midlands, England (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: General view of Birmingham, West Midlands)

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Grand Central Concourse, Birmingham New Street Station, Birmingham, West Midlands

Grand Central Concourse, Birmingham New Street Station, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Knowle Locks, Autumn, The Grand Union Canal, West Midlands, England

Knowle Locks, Autumn, The Grand Union Canal, West Midlands, England

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Webley & Scott, gun makers in Birmingham, West Midlands

Webley & Scott, gun makers in Birmingham, West Midlands. Their original premises was in Weaman Street, Birmingham, until they moved to a modern factory in West Bromwich in 1958

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Production line at Triumph Motorcycles factory at Meriden. Circa 1955

Production line at Triumph Motorcycles factory at Meriden. Circa 1955

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Highfield Road, home of Coventry City Football Club, our picture shows an under-soil

Highfield Road, home of Coventry City Football Club, our picture shows an under-soil heating system being installed on the pitch, 25th April 1961

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Austin Mini body shells are spray painted in the paint shop on production line at

Austin Mini body shells are spray painted in the paint shop on production line at Longbridge. 10th March 1963

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Engine production line at the BSA Factory, Small Heath, Birmingham. 15th March 1973

Engine production line at the BSA Factory, Small Heath, Birmingham. 15th March 1973

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: The Austin Mini production line at Longbridge. 10th March 1963

The Austin Mini production line at Longbridge. 10th March 1963. A completed Austin Mini is driven on to a car transporter at Longbridge for delivery to a Austin showroom

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Vaino Myllyrinne the worlds tallest man whos height is recorded at 8 feet 3

Vaino Myllyrinne the worlds tallest man whos height is recorded at 8 feet 3 inches is seen here attending the wedding of Pat Collins in Birmingham. 13th July 1939

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: American singer Neil Diamond in concert at the NEC Arena, Birmingham. 2nd July 1984

American singer Neil Diamond in concert at the NEC Arena, Birmingham. 2nd July 1984

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Birmingham City v Middlesbrough. Final score 1-0 to Birmingham City. FA Cup Quarter-final

Birmingham City v Middlesbrough. Final score 1-0 to Birmingham City. FA Cup Quarter-final. Played at St Andrews Stadium. 8th March 1975

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: This old corner cafe in Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, is still open for business

This old corner cafe in Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, is still open for business, but behind it, 1971 is on the march and soon the little cafe will be swallowed up. 4th March 1971

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Boxer, Jimmy Moran celebrates his Commonwealth Games gold medal with friends at the Bell

Boxer, Jimmy Moran celebrates his Commonwealth Games gold medal with friends at the Bell Inn pub, Headless Cross, Redditch. Pictured with his mother Maureen. 3rd August 1986

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Press day at the BMC works at Longbridge, Birmingham, West Midlands

Press day at the BMC works at Longbridge, Birmingham, West Midlands. Pictured, Patrick Edwards, sitting in the smallest of the BMC cars, leads the parade of new vehicles on show for the first time

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Muhammad Ali at Nuneaton. The boxing legend brought his own kind of magic to thrill

Muhammad Ali at Nuneaton. The boxing legend brought his own kind of magic to thrill crowds at an end-of-season Midlands Floodlit Cup final between Nuneaton Borough and Bedworth

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham, West Midlands, 11th September 1973

Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham, West Midlands, 11th September 1973

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Carpet Traders Limited, Kidderminster. A woman worker seen here operating one of

Carpet Traders Limited, Kidderminster. A woman worker seen here operating one of the countless looms in the Axminster department. 18th April 1933

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Scene in the Birmingham No Popery riots, 1868 (1906)

Scene in the Birmingham No Popery riots, 1868 (1906). Rioting broke out after a lecture by the anti-Catholic campaigner William Murphy. From Cassells History of England, Vol. VI

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: A father takes his son for a ride in his new convertible Bond mini car. Circa 1950

A father takes his son for a ride in his new convertible Bond mini car. Circa 1950

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: The Rev. Les Milner talking with members Raymond Fox (right

The Rev. Les Milner talking with members Raymond Fox (right) and Ron Gillam outside the Double Zero clubs headquarters. The club has been closed after trouble with Hells Angels

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Solihull during her Silver Jubilee tour

Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Solihull during her Silver Jubilee tour. 27th July 1977

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, visiting the Rover company in Solihull

Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, visiting the Rover company in Solihull, West Midlands. February 1958

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Wednesbury Photographic College students Janice Carby and Liz Beddoes

Wednesbury Photographic College students Janice Carby and Liz Beddoes, at Delph Locks in downtown Brierley Hill. The Black Country, West Midlands, England. 25th May 1968

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: A Daimler TL30 Bass and Pale Ale bottle shaped lorry seen here outside the Bass Ratcliffe

A Daimler TL30 Bass and Pale Ale bottle shaped lorry seen here outside the Bass Ratcliffe and Gretton brewery in Coventry, West Midlands (formerly Warwickshire) Circa June 1954

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: UK, England, Herefordshire, view north along River Wye from Symonds Yat Rock

UK, England, Herefordshire, view north along River Wye from Symonds Yat Rock

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Lickey Hills, near Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Lickey Hills, near Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Public Convenience

Public Convenience
Cast iron gents urinal, located in Hockley, Birmingham. IoE 217725

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: UK, England, Birmingham, Victoria Square, Fountain know as The Floozie in the Jacuzzi

UK, England, Birmingham, Victoria Square, Fountain know as The Floozie in the Jacuzzi infront of Birmingham City Council House

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: ABA light heavyweight champion Jimmy Moran from Redditch with his coach Dennis Jackson

ABA light heavyweight champion Jimmy Moran from Redditch with his coach Dennis Jackson. 30th April 1986

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Take Me High 1973, filming on location in Wootton Wawen

Take Me High 1973, filming on location in Wootton Wawen, a village in the Stratford-on-Avon district of Warwickshire, England, Thursday 7th June 1973, the film stars Cliff Richard and Deborah Watling

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Bull Ring Shopping Centre, Birmingham, 10th June 1964

Bull Ring Shopping Centre, Birmingham, 10th June 1964

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: UK, England, Herefordshire, view north along River Wye from Symonds Yat Rock

UK, England, Herefordshire, view north along River Wye from Symonds Yat Rock

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: The annual Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham, West Midlands, England

The annual Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Sunlight through windows in the old Christian cathedral ruins, Coventry

Sunlight through windows in the old Christian cathedral ruins, Coventry, Warwickshire, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Mr Samuel Bloor water diviner of Okengates. 16th September 1938

Mr Samuel Bloor water diviner of Okengates. 16th September 1938

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Quiet please, at the Birmingham Reference Library, Ratcliffe Place, 27th March 1961

Quiet please, at the Birmingham Reference Library, Ratcliffe Place, 27th March 1961

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Portrait Of John Derrington, 1750-1805. Creator: James Millar

Portrait Of John Derrington, 1750-1805. Creator: James Millar
Portrait Of John Derrington, 1750-1805. Dr John Derrington (1747-1805), Birmingham surgeon and apothecary

Background imageWest Midlands Collection: Birmingham, Boulton, Watt, Mudoch, B ham, 2009. Creator: Ethel Davies

Birmingham, Boulton, Watt, Mudoch, B ham, 2009. Creator: Ethel Davies
Bronze statue of Boulton, Watt and Murdoch, ‘ the Golden Boys, gilded in gold, to commemorate their development of the steam engine, Broad Street, central Birmingham, West Midlands, England



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The West Midlands region is a treasure trove of history, culture, and sporting excellence. From the Coventry Climax Engines ET199, which marked the first British-produced forklift truck, to the iconic Villa Park football stadium with its impressive entrance that has witnessed countless thrilling matches throughout the years. Stepping back in time, we find ourselves at Birmingham Snow Hill Station in the 1940s. The hustle and bustle of commuters and travelers paint a vivid picture of life during that era. Meanwhile, Delph Locks stand as a testament to the engineering marvels of our past. Sports enthusiasts will be delighted by Aston Villa's clash against Santos in 1972 when legendary Pele graced Villa Park's hallowed grounds. Aerial views showcase this historic stadium where Aston Villa Football Club has created unforgettable moments over decades. Religious landmarks also hold significance within this vibrant region. The Church of St Martin in the Bull Ring stands proudly since 1887, while Coventry showcases both its old cathedral shell and modern counterpart – symbols of resilience and rebirth after World War II devastation. Birmingham itself is captured through an engraving depicting its general view - a bustling cityscape filled with energy and ambition. Grand Central Concourse at Birmingham New Street Station further exemplifies this spirit as it welcomes visitors from near and far. Nature lovers can find solace along Knowle Locks on The Grand Union Canal during autumn – a picturesque scene showcasing West Midlands' natural beauty amidst changing seasons. Lastly, Carpet Traders Limited in Kidderminster reveals another facet of West Midlands' heritage - industrious women operating machinery with skillful precision.