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HWM On Air is the audio channel of History West Midlands with programmes telling the enthralling stories of the people of ideas, innovation and enterprise who shaped the history of the Region and the World beyond. It explores the rich and fascinating past of the historic counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

HWM On Air is the audio channel of History West Midlands with programmes telling the enthralling stories of the people of ideas, innovation and enterprise who shaped the history of the Region and the World beyond. It explores the rich and fascinating past of the historic counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
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HWM On Air is the audio channel of History West Midlands with programmes telling the enthralling stories of the people of ideas, innovation and enterprise who shaped the history of the Region and the World beyond. It explores the rich and fascinating past of the historic counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

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A Roman souvenir of Hadrian’s Wall

9/21/2017
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This beautifully preserved enameled bronze pan is probably a souvenir of Hadrian’s Wall possibly made for a soldier who served there or a visitor. The Staffordshire Moorlands pan found in Ilam in 2003. Its engraved … read more

Duration: 00:11:37


The Great Exhibition of 1851

4/28/2017
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Unless you are very old (and I mean really, really old) you probably didn’t get to the 1851 Exhibition. But you can change that, by joining David de Haan (formally of Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust) … read more

Duration: 00:22:39


The story of Iron Bridge, Shropshire: Part 2

3/26/2017
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The Iron Bridge in Shropshire, UK was the world’s first iron bridge in the world. Constructed in 1779 its single span has become one of the worlds best known industrial monuments. It symbolises one of … read more

Duration: 00:24:43


The story of Iron Bridge, Shropshire: Part 1

3/26/2017
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The Iron Bridge in Shropshire, UK was the world’s first iron bridge in the world. Constructed in 1779 its single span has become one of the worlds best known industrial monuments. It symbolises one of … read more

Duration: 00:25:06


Birmingham: Workshop of the World

3/26/2017
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Birmingham: The Workshop of the World is the first substantial history of the city to be published for decades. It coincides with 850th anniversary of the granting of Birmingham’s market charter by Henry II in 1166. … read more

Duration: 00:20:17


Reginald Mitchell: Father of the Spitfire

5/23/2016
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Reginald (RJ) Mitchell was one of the great designers and engineers of the 20th Century. Born and educated in the Potteries, RJ created the revolutionary designs which made air races – particularly the Schneider Trophy … read more

Duration: 00:26:25


The rise, fall and renaissance of the glass industry

2/25/2016
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Broadcaster Graham Fisher explores glassmaking in Stourbridge then and now. He talks to Charles R Hajdamach a leading authority on British glass and a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology about the rise, fall … read more

Duration: 00:11:55


Early roots of the glass industry in the late 17th century

2/25/2016
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Recent archaeology has revealed important new insights into the early roots of the glass industry in the late 17th century.

Duration: 00:08:52


Speeches that changed Britain: Oratory in Birmingham

1/28/2016
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During the 19th and 20th centuries, Birmingham provided the platform for many of the most important political speeches made outside Parliament. In this fascinating new book, historian Andrew Reekes discusses the impact of some of … read more

Duration: 00:38:16


Lighting the world – Chance Brothers family story

12/4/2015
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Lighthouses, Crystal Palace and more Story of Chance Brother glass works For more than a century one Black Country company – Chance Brothers of Smethwick – dominated glassmaking in Britain. The family were consistently at … read more

Duration: 00:30:15


Chance Brothers – Everybody’s story

12/4/2015
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Chance Brothers were one of the most significant employers in the town where they played a critically important role in the community. Smethwick-born Ray Drury, formerly Chief Engineer, discusses his personal experiences with Graham Fisher.

Duration: 00:21:25


Francis Brett Young – Life in the Black Country

9/11/2015
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One author captured the vivid life of the Black Country – Francis Brett Young. The pages of his novels bring to life nailmakers noisily shaping red hot iron on their anvils, their families constant struggle … read more

Duration: 00:30:07


Deritend – Walking through Birmingham history with Carl Chinn

9/6/2015
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Well known Birmingham historian, broadcaster and author, Carl Chinn, takes us on a walk along Deritend High Street. It’s a short in distance but long in history. Here Carl is at the medieval crossroads of … read more

Duration: 00:30:53


Non-conformist churches at the heart of Black Country life

7/17/2015
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Beyond religion Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries the non-conformist churches played a pivotal part in the lives of thousands of people in the rapidly expanding Black Country. Their influence reached well beyond the religious … read more

Duration: 00:15:41


How industrial pollution affected the lives of Black Country folk

7/17/2015
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An untold story Well-known Black Country broadcaster, Graham Fisher explores the true human cost of pollution caused by rapid expansion of 19th century industry in the Black Country. He talks to Dr Janet Sullivan, Honorary … read more

Duration: 00:28:09


Exploring Birmingham’s Centenary Square with Carl Chinn

7/9/2015
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Walking with Carl Chinn Birmingham’s Centenary Square Home to The Beauty of Letters Historian and broadcaster Carl Chinn visits Centennial Square at the centre of the city. Now a cultural hub bordered by the iconic … read more

Duration: 00:29:11


Cruel world of the nailmakers

7/2/2015
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So wrote the Black Country novelist Francis Brett Young and history shows that he did not exaggerate the perpetually harsh life that these men, women and children lived. Once described as the “most immoral” men … read more

Duration: 00:30:03


Demonstrating the nailmaker’s skills

7/2/2015
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Graham Fisher visits Kevin Lowe from Tipton who demonstrates how nails made using the forge at at the Black Country Living Museum where he regularly introduces visitors to the craft.

Duration: 00:10:28