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History: Local history resources

Local history resources

Birmingham, and the Black Country as a whole, has a rich history that will surely be of interest to Aston students and the following resources may act as a good starting point for research into the local area.

Local archives

Birmingham public libraries

We would recommend that history students join Birmingham City Council libraries. Not only will you have access to the iconic Library of Birmingham building and local libraries, there are also a number of databases that would be of interest to history students such as; British Library Newspapers, Infotrac Newstand, Midlands Historical Data, Oxford Dictionary of Historical Biography and The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985. Some of these databases may be available online whilst others may only be accessible within Birmingham public libraries. For a full list of resources and links on becoming  a member then visit their site here.


Black Country Museum

Birmingham history