Prior to the 1300s, Birmingham was a tiny settlement but, because of its rapidly expanding market, quickly became the third largest settlement in Warwickshire.
By the mid-1600s it was one of the largest towns in the Midlands, with 15,000 inhabitants, and many more coming for the work opportunities. It became a centre for metalwork and an important industrial town.
Victorian Birmingham thrived – as can still be seen today, with the many public buildings, libraries, schools, swimming baths and parks – and became a city in 1889.
Birmingham remained important during the First and Second World Wars for the production of arms, aircraft and military vehicles – and suffered as a result, with air attacks upon its factories and surrounding areas.
There was much rebuilding during the 1950′s and 60′s and the city continued to grow. Today the rebuilding and development continues and Birmingham is vibrant, multi-cultural city with an interesting history.