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Manufacturing and migration: discover Birmingham’s heritage on this City walk

Distance 13/4 miles
Start: Bullring Shopping Centre
Finish: Victoria Square

Did you know that Birmingham has been described as the ‘Workshop of the World’?
Victoria Square

On this walk you can discover Birmingham’s history as a manufacturing centre of goods ranging from copper coins to chocolate, from printed books to jewellery.

See evidence of the waves of immigration that have made Birmingham so ethnically and culturally diverse from Irish labourers and Jewish refugees to Chinese businessmen and South Asian farmers.

Since the Middle Ages the centre of Birmingham has been subject to constant change. Find out about the latest wave of redevelopment and regeneration. See how the city’s heritage is being celebrated in cleverly-converted old buildings and spectacular new ones.

Find out how the economy is now centred on shopping, entertainment and culture. If you haven’t visited Birmingham for some time you will be surprised by the transformation that is now taking place.

Throughout the walk there is evidence of how Birmingham’s physical and cultural identity has been shaped by its connections with countries around the world.

This walk was created by Mike Jackson and Gary Gray for the Royal Geographical Society’s Discovering Britain – get more details, download maps and guides here

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