Newsflash 1643: Birmingham, not a town but a village!

‘Moving Here’ was a collaboration between BMAG and students from Birmingham School of Acting. The project explores the theme of migration to Birmingham during medieval times and beyond, specifically focussing on why people moved here. The students developed their ideas into four short films with the help of a writer/director and film maker. They humorously look at how the city grew from a small insignificant village into a bustling market town because of success of migration.   

The films will feature in the medieval section of the new Birmingham History Galleries, due to open later this year. This film shows a short snippet from ‘Newsflash 1643’.

Birmingham was legally only a village in the 17th century because its medieval lords never bought a royal charter which would make it a town. Many people moved here because they were free to enter any trade without joining a town guild.  

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