Birmingham, The Workshop Of The World part 05
Composer: Osbourne, Arthur H
Birmingham was granted city status in January 1889, and at this time over a thousand trades were practised within the city making anything from brass to toys and jewellery to buttons. This diversity was very unusual, most cities specialised in one or two trades, and it was nicknamed 'The City of 1001 Trades'. Birmingham was at the centre of the Industrial Revolution and some of the 19th Century's most significant discoveries and inventions took place here, such as the invention of gas lighting and the development of steam engine.