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Birmingham The Way We Were

Take a trip down Memory Lane with this fascinating collection of old film of Birmingham from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Enjoy many nostalgic scenes of everyday life in the bustling city that will bring memories flooding back for anyone who remembers the city in times gone by.

Highlights include:

  • The old Bullring market with its street traders and flower-sellers
  • The old Market Hall before and after WW2, with and without its roof.
  • Wartime film of ARP wardens in action and the joyous street celebrations for VE Day.
  • Royal visits of George VI in 1948 and Princess Elizabeth in 1951.

This incredible compilation is accompanied by an informative narration to set the scene.

The running time is 60 minutes.

The Story of Birmingham’s Villages

In 1857, surveyor Charles Blood produced an extraordinary, detailed map of Birmingham and its surroundings. It shows rural villages like Northfield, Kings Norton, Yardley and Aston and hamlets like Selly Oak and Kings Heath lying in open countryside.

Within 60 years of Blood’s map these areas had been swallowed up by Birmingham: it therefore provides a unique opportunity to explore an historic landscape and shed some light on the lives of the people who lived here more than a century and a half ago.

This is the fascinating story of where we live.