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30 Apr 2018

Birmingham Manufactures Project: Photographing our Machines

The Birmingham Manufactures Project is nearing its end.
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23 Apr 2018

Birmingham Manufactures: Alfred Bird & Sons - Poles Apart

In 2013 Birmingham Museums acquired a collection of products made by Alfred Birds & Sons at their Digbeth factory.
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2 Nov 2017

Birmingham Manufactures: Chad Valley

If you are following the Birmingham Manufactures Project in twitter (@BrumMfr ) you may have noticed in the past couple of months that we have been looking at Chad Valley toys.
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19 Sep 2017

Volunteering with Birmingham Manufactures

Three hundred words (or so) on our week as Summer Research Assistants for the Birmingham Manufacturers Project.
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12 Jun 2017

Birmingham Manufactures: What about Smethwick?

We all know that names are important, but identifying what we mean by ‘Birmingham’ for this project has proved a little tricky! At the start of the project we were unsure whether or not to include world-famous manufacturers that although not technically in Birmingham, have important connections to the city, and are well represented in the collection.
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30 Mar 2017

Birmingham Manufactures Project; The School of Jewellery

Although Birmingham is famously known as the City of a Thousand Trades, one trade shines particularly brightly in its history and self-identity - and not only because of its association with precious metals.
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5 Dec 2016

Introduction to Birmingham Manufactures

Greetings from the Birmingham Manufactures camp! We are a brand new project funded by Arts Council England's Designation Development Fund  to increase knowledge and documentation on the wonderful manufacturing history of Birmingham, aka ‘The City of a Thousand Trades’.