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Ray Shill's first look at Birmingham's industrial heritage focused on metal and electrical industries, including car, bicycle and motorcycle manufacture, guns and munitions, railway rolling stock, pens, lamps, buttons, and the jewellery trade. In this new book he has researched the rest of the city's most important industries - primarily the manufacture of components, paints and varnish, plastics, toys, aircraft components, and the thriving food industry. As before, Ray interweaves company history and product development with clear descriptions of technical processes, as well as including site visits - which bring to life the industrial life of Birmingham today. Illustrated with a wide range of pictures (old and new photographs, adverts, maps, plans and diagrams), "Workshop of the World" will be a popular and valuable contribution to the published history of Britain's second city.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750935036
ISBN-10: 0750935030
Format: Paperback
(263mm x 194mm x 10mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Ray Shill

Ray Shill is an industrial and transport historian: he lives in Birmingham. His previous books for SPL are Birmingham's Canals (1999) and Birmingham's Industrial Heritage (2002).

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