Birmingham grew from a market town in the twelfth century into ‘A city of a thousand trades’, due to rapid industrialisation and urban growth in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Join Jane Hornby as she explores how the city’s economy became based on the production of pens, buckles, jewellery, buttons, papier-mâché and many other commodities. A steady influx of migrants into Birmingham came looking for work in the town and anyone was free to start up a trade and find their fortune.

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