Monday 28 October 2013
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 0121 303 6780.
For further information about the Oxford DNB contact Daniel Parker on Daniel.email@example.com or 01865 35 3344.