The Talks

We are now giving talks to local history groups and other interested folk. The talk is entitled “A Virtual Tour of The Outer Circle” and lasts about an hour. It accompanied by over 180 slides. If you are involved with such a group, or know someone who is, then you can contact us by emailing or clicking on the “Comments” tab below this message.

Just think – a two and a half hour journey in an hour! Great, isn’t it?

If you’re not from Birmingham, we also have a version of our Outer Circle talk for foreigners (English speaking)!  In this case we will tell you a little more about the Second City and what how this centre of the Industrial Revolution came to prominence. The lifeblood of this growth was its canals and we highlight each of Birmingham’s canals as they cross the Outer Circle bus route!


We have more talks that may appeal to you. Most last about one hour and all are accompanied by slides:

“How We Got Here” – the story of back to back housing in Birmingham. Find out what was happening in the Town of Birmingham in the 18th & 19th centuries that led to half the population living in these tiny houses – and about their disappearance.

“A Brief History of the Birmingham Hippodrome” – find out about the ups and downs of this Birmingham icon that led to it becoming the most visited theatre in Britain.

“Second City Executions and The Coffin Works” – Hear about a few of the people who ended their days in Birmingham at the end of a hangman’s noose. Then to round off these unfortunate tales we will tell you the story of Newman Brothers, the Coffin Works in Fleet Street, which is now run as a well respected heritage attraction.

Those Damn Tin Cans” (50 minutes) – The story of the “temporary” prefabricated bungalows that became home to many after the Second World War. The “prefabs” became home to over 5,000 families in Birmingham and are still fondly remembered by many. Just 17 remain standing in the city and plans are afoot to save them.

“Second City Executions” (30 minutes) – Hear about the crimes that led to the miscreants facing the hangman’s noose in Birmingham during the last couple of centuries.

The House where the Weather Was Made” – A tour of Joseph Chamberlain’s house in Moseley called “Highbury”, and a look at his influence upon late Victorian Birmingham.

The Number 8 – the Inner Circle” – Join us on a “virtual” tour of The Inner Circle, which passes through some of the most significant industrial and residential areas of Birmingham. The story is more interesting than you would imagine, because the route has changed considerably over the last 90 years and so have the surroundings.

“A Journey Along the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal” – Find out about the start of the canal revolution in the towns around Birmingham. Then take a “virtual” journey along the waterway to the home of The Bard, meeting some of the folk connected with the canal on the way.

“The Lost Theatres of Birmingham” – There have been well over 150 theatres and cinemas in Birmingham, and very few still exist – but each one has a tale to tell and here are a few with the first dating back to the middle of the the 1700s.

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