200 and Counting!

Here at The Iron Room, we are celebrating our 200th blog post today! The first post on The Iron Room was on 4 October 2011 and was an introduction to what we hoped to achieve with the blog – to highlight events and exhibitions, to showcase our collections and to provide advice for researchers.

We have continued to follow this ethos to this day and are proud to have supported important issues, as we are doing here with Disability History Month.  This year is of particular significance as Disability History Month examines the theme of War and Impairment: The Social Consequences of Disablement as the First World War led to an unprecedented number of soldiers returning with a disability.

The Gymnasium. Birmingham Hospitals, Highbury, First World War.

The Gymnasium. Birmingham Hospitals, Highbury, First World War.

The Voices of War and Peace programme of events includes a First World War Study Day this coming Saturday (6th December), examining the war in relation to injury, medicine and disability.  For further details and to make a booking for this free event, which is held at the Library of Birmingham, please visit the Voices of War and Peace website or the Library of Birmingham website.

The Voices of War exhibition also addresses the issues of disability in Birmingham as a result of the First World War and includes fascinating exhibits relating to the employment of disabled servicemen.

World War 1 poster asking employers to employ or train an ex-service man suitable for commerce of the professions

Poster asking employers to employ or train an ex-service man  [MS 4383]

We couldn’t end this blog post without a look back over the 199 previous articles we have published over the last three years, so we thought a retrospective was in order…..

We have found such gems as the catalogues for the Grand National Cat Show  the botanical drawings of Luke Linnaeus Pope  and a giant puffball!

Sketch of puffball from the archive of Boulton and Watt

Sketch of puffball from the archive of Boulton and Watt (Ref: MS 3147/4/4)

Botanical Drawings by Luke Linnaeus Pope, c.1825 (Ref: MS 2138)

Botanical Drawings by Luke Linnaeus Pope, c.1825 (Ref: MS 2138)

 

We blogged about the Olympics and our Curiosities, not forgetting Christmas!

One particularly delightful post was on the Rambles of the Moseley Quartette, and one that stands out for me was House Now Under Water – a consequence of the flooding of the Elan Valley to form the dam. Many of us at AHP will agree, however, that The Diary of Samuel Pepys aged 13 and three quarters will take some beating!

One of the more poignant posts for us was saying farewell to the Central Library as we moved to our new home here at the Library of Birmingham in June 2013.

Paradise_Forum,_Birmingham_Library,_Chamberlain_Memorial

 

We are very grateful to all those who have contributed to make the Iron Room a success and we still enjoy being able to share our passion for archives and history. Members of staff, both past and present, have written about a range of fascinating subjects, and we have also had great articles from some of our researchers. We hope to bring you more fascinating and thought provoking articles in the future!

The Iron Room

Advertisements

One response to “200 and Counting!

  1. Pingback: We are five years old!!! | The Iron Room

Leave a comment here or send enquiries to archives.heritage@birmingham.gov.uk

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s