The first major history of Birmingham to be published since the 1970s is now available. Birmingham: The Workshop of the World, edited by Dr Malcolm Dick and Professor Carl Chinn, commemorates the 850th anniversary of Birmingham’s market charter in 1166. It can be bought online at a special discount rate here or at the launch event, introduced by Dr Dick, with contributions by several of the authors, in the Large Lecture Theatre of the University of Birmingham on Thursday 8 December, 6.30-8pm.