In 2013 Birmingham Museums acquired a collection of products made by Alfred Birds & Sons at their Digbeth factory.
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.
Three hundred words (or so) on our week as Summer Research Assistants for the Birmingham Manufacturers Project.
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.
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.
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’.