'Stories offer us some of the richest and most enduring insights
into the human condition'
Funded by the AHRC (2007-2009) Birmingham Stories is a research project intended to extend an awareness of the diverse histories of the city, in its many voices and cultures, by making research on archive collections available to the public through a series of free online research guides and worksheets.
The living stories found in local archives hold an important key to understanding urgent social issues surrounding identity, citizenship and belonging. By using archives and library resources, we can make discoveries about ourselves that allow us to become better informed and empowered in our understanding of history.
Between 2007-2009, Birmingham Stories organised a series of presentations and workshops in local community libraries aimed at those who would like to know more about the history of Birmingham and its many communities. It provided follow-on support with key learning to enable further research into Birmingham’s diverse archive collections.
The knowledge stored in communities, library users and practitioners is a vital part of Birmingham Stories. Users of the research guides were encouraged to share their own knowledge of Faces & Places important to the city, through this online resource.
Project Director: Professor Ian Grosvenor, University of Birmingham
Principle Investigator: Dr Andy Green
Research Fellow Associate: Dr Kevin Searle