13:15 - 14:00

A city of change, adaptation and inventiveness, Birmingham’s growth has not been enabled by providential physical or geographical features. Landlocked in the middle of England, it was not defensive site, whilst it has neither a navigable river nor deposits of coal or iron ore. Instead Birmingham has relied upon the talents of its people and upon the relationships they formed for its expansion into a major city. So who are these people, where have they come from, why did they come here and how have they transformed Birmingham into one of Britain’s most diverse, dynamic and exciting twenty-first century cities?  

Professor Carl Chinn MBE

Carl Chinn is Professor of Community History and Director of the BirminghamLives project at the University of Birmingham and history advisor for the schools of Perry Beeches The Academy. He is a social historian with a national profile, newspaper columnist, public speaker, writer, and charity fundraiser. Professor Chinn's writing is deeply affected by his family's working-class background and by his belief that history must be democratised. ' Professor Chinn is the author of 33 books that include studies of working-class housing, urban working class life, working-class women's lives, manufacturing, Birmingham, the Black Country, and ethnic minorities. The Real Peaky Blinders. Billy Kimber, the Birmingham Gang and the Racecourse Wars of the 1920s' is his latest book.