Biography, History and the Shaping of Birmingham

Monday 28 October 2013
6.30-8.00pm
Library of Birmingham, Studio Theatre

The Library of Birmingham and the Dictionary of National Biography are pleased to announce the launch of 70 new biographies of Birmingham people who helped shape the City.

The Reverend Peter StanfordMiss Mary D. Sturge, M.D. Lond.Dr Dhani PremGeraldine Southall Cadbury (1865 - 1941)

How does looking at individual biographies contribute to our understanding of Birmingham’s history? What connections are there between the regional and national story?

Join us for this free event to mark the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’s release of 70 new Birmingham biographies.  A panel of speakers will reflect on the relationship between individual life stories and the city’s history, and discuss some of the individuals featured in the new release including:

Geraldine Cadbury, social reformer and one of Birmingham’s first women magistrates                                                                                                                                   Dhani Prem, medical practitioner and political activist                                       Reverend Peter Stanford, born into slavery and later a Baptist Minister         Mary Sturge, medical practitioner – one of Birmingham’s first women doctors The men and women of the Chamberlain family                                                             Elihu Burritt, American consul and peace campaigner                                                         Gwen Lally, organiser of the 1938 Birmingham Pageant                                    amongst many others

Speakers include Dr. Lawrence Goldman from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Dr Chris Upton, Professor Peter Marsh and Dr Sian Roberts. The presentations will be followed by an open discussion on the role of biography in telling the story of the city of Birmingham.

This is a free event organised in partnership between the Library of Birmingham and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and all are welcome.

The Oxford DNB is free to use both in the library and at home if you are a library member. Details about this and a list of all the individuals featured in the release can be viewed via the links on the Library of Birmingham website http://www.libraryofbirmingham.com

For further information about the event contact Sian Roberts on sian.roberts@birmingham.gov.uk or 0121 303 6780.

For further information about the Oxford DNB contact Daniel Parker on Daniel.parker@oup.com or 01865 35 3344.

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One response to “Biography, History and the Shaping of Birmingham

  1. I will be attending this event at The Studio Theatre at the new Library of Birmingham for the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography highlighting notable Birmingham people who feature in the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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