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
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
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…
• A sense of place• A feeling of ownership• A haven• Continuity• A shared past• A shared future ?