14:45 - 15:30

Stylish and dark, the ‘Peaky Blinders’ TV series is set in the backstreets of Birmingham after 1918 and tells of the rise to power of the Shelby Gang. But behind the fictional characters are real people whose lives were just as dramatic, bloody and compelling. One of them is Billy Kimber, a Brummie and leader of the Birmingham Gang. It dominated the protection rackets of the racecourses of England and fought violently with the Sabini Gang in the infamous and bloodstained racecourse wars of the 1920s. This Birmingham Gang were the Real Peaky Blinders and this is their story. 

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.

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