Birmingham: its people, its history

Explore the fascinating history of the city by travelling back in time to Birmingham’s medieval beginnings. Visit the chaotic and exciting world of the 18th century town, and immerse yourself in the grandeur and squalor of Victorian Birmingham. Follow the city’s suburban expansion and the roles played by Birmingham people in the two world wars. 

Discover the stories of the people who make up the city's diverse community today. ‘Birmingham: its people, its history’ will engage all the family, through displays of our fantastic collections, through the personal recollections of local people and through a variety of films and interactives.

Our Birmingham History Galleries have a few objects removed due to the Paradise Birmingham demolition. This is a temporary measure to ensure the care of our collections.