Birmingham        Dr Chris Upton     Reader in Public HistoryNewman University Birmingham
Westley’s Prospect (1732)
Samuel Lines, View from St Philip’s              (1821)
Aerial view of Birmingham 1886
Birmingham’s Growth                         •   1838                         •   Inclusion of Edgbaston, Duddeston &•   15...
A Town Transformed•   Full twenty years and more are passed    Since I left Brummagem.    But I set out for home at last  ...
The New Birmingham
Disconnections•   Old --- Young•   Centre --- Suburbs•   Rich --- Poor•   Day --- Night•   Past --- Present
Ownership      • I can’t find        Brummagem…
Big City – Little City
The shamrock in the turban                         •   As I was walking down the street• Shifting identities:       As use...
•   A sense of place•   A feeling of ownership•   A haven•   Continuity•   A shared past•   A shared future ?
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  1. 1. Birmingham Dr Chris Upton Reader in Public HistoryNewman University Birmingham
  2. 2. Westley’s Prospect (1732)
  3. 3. Samuel Lines, View from St Philip’s (1821)
  4. 4. Aerial view of Birmingham 1886
  5. 5. Birmingham’s Growth • 1838 • Inclusion of Edgbaston, Duddeston &• 1550 pop c1,500 Nechells, Deritend & Bordesley• 1650 pop c5,000 • 1891• 1750 pop c30,000 • Inclusion of Harborne, Balsall Heath• 1800 pop c70,000 • 1911 (Greater Birmingham Act)• 1900 pop 520,000 • Inclusion of Handsworth, Northfield, Yardley, Aston, Kings Norton• 1981 pop 1,013,431 • 1928 Inclusion of Perry Barr• 2001 pop 977,000 • 1974 Inclusion of Sutton Coldfield
  6. 6. A Town Transformed• Full twenty years and more are passed Since I left Brummagem. But I set out for home at last To good old Brummagem. But evry place is altered so Now theres hardly a place I know Which fills my heart with grief and woe For I cant find Brummagem• James Dobbs, 1825 • One has no great hope of Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound. • Mrs Elton in Jane Austens Emma
  7. 7. The New Birmingham
  8. 8. Disconnections• Old --- Young• Centre --- Suburbs• Rich --- Poor• Day --- Night• Past --- Present
  9. 9. Ownership • I can’t find Brummagem…
  10. 10. Big City – Little City
  11. 11. The shamrock in the turban • As I was walking down the street• Shifting identities: As used to be in Brummagem, I knowed nobody I did meet For theyve changed their face in Brummagem…• The mosque• The neighbourhood• The village• The suburb• The pub• The past…
  12. 12. • A sense of place• A feeling of ownership• A haven• Continuity• A shared past• A shared future ?
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