This page and its links are about the ceremonial county of the West Midlands, rather than the larger West Midland’s region.
What Is Classed As The West Midlands?
The West Midlands region in central England covers the ceremonial counties of West Midlands, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. The West Midlands ceremonial county is smaller and is often called Greater Birmingham.
The Black Country
Most of the four Metropolitan Boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton is part of an area called the Black Country. Though it’s hard to imagine now, back in the 19th century the smoke and dust generated from thousands of industrial businesses including ironworking foundries, forges and coal mines had a real impact on the local air quality and landscape.
‘Black by day and red by night’Elihu Burritt, the American Consul to Birmingham in 1862
What Is The County Of the West Midlands Known For?
The West Midlands county is home to ten universities, six Premier League and Football League football teams, a number of rugby league and rugby union teams, and a wide array of museums and tourist attractions including Cadbury’s World.
Despite it being the second-most populous county in England after London, and containing only a small portion of the West Midlands Green Belt, the West Midlands county boasts 23 Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
The Cities, Towns And Villages Of The West Midlands County
- Brierley Hill
- Cradley Heath
- Rowley Regis
- Sutton Coldfield
- West Bromwich
Local History Videos
The highlighted cities, towns and villages above click through to a new page, where you will find links to relevant, free online videos. Over time, more pages and links will be added.
West Midlands Local History On Facebook
- Quinton Local History Society
Local History Groups And Resources In West Midlands
Acocks Green History Society
Balsall Heath Local History Society
Barr & Aston Local History Society
Bartley Green District History Group
Birmingham Archives & Heritage
Birmingham Canal Navigations Society
Birmingham Civic Society
Birmingham & District Local History Association
Birmingham Heritage Forum
Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & History
Birmingham Transport Historical Group
Birmingham & Warwickshire Archaeological Society
Black Country Society
Black History Collection (Birmingham Central Library)
Centre for West Midlands History, University of Birmingham
Co-op History Group
Earlswood Historical Society
East Birmingham Historical Group
Erdington Historical Society
Friends in Retirement (Fircone) Local History Group
Friends of Edgbaston Reservoir
Glebe Farm Local History Society
Haden Hill & District Historical Society
Hales Owen Heritage
Halesowen Abbey Trust
Halesowen History Society
Hall Green Local History Society
Handsworth Historical Society
Harborne Local History Group
Historical Association (Birmingham Branch)
Kings Heath Local History Society
Knowle Society (Local History Sub-Committee)
Mary Ashford Society
Midlands Ancestors (formerly the Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry)
Midland Catholic History Society
Midlands Historical Data
Moseley Local History Society
Quinton Local History Society
Railway & Canal Historical Society (West Midlands Group)
Sedgley Local History Society
Shard End Local History Society
Small Heath Local History Society
Smethwick Heritage Centre Trust
Smethwick Local History Society
Solihull Archaeological Group
Solihull Local History Circle
Stourbridge Historical & Archaeological Society
Sutton Coldfield Archaeological Society
Sutton Coldfield Local History Research Group
Victorian Society (Birmingham Group)
Walsall Local History Society
Willenhall History Society
Willenhall (Coventry) Local History Group
Wolfson Centre for Archival Research
Wolverhampton History & Heritage Society
Worcester & Birmingham Canal Society
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Thanks to khamkhor from Pixabay for the image of the Selfridge’s building in Birmingham.