Carl Chinn's Birmingham
A difficult life - The coming of the Irish
From the 1820s the Irish men and women came to the region in search of work. This flow of migrants has ebbed and flowed but throughout they played a significant part in the development of the West Midlands.
In the beginning the life of Irish migrants in Wolverhampton and Birmingham was hard. The slums in which they lived were among the poorest in Britain and it was their work in the fields, factories and foundries on which the industrial might of the Black Country was built.
Then, after the Second World War Irish voices were prominent on the major construction sites of the region as they rebuilt the housing, roads and hospitals of the rejuvenated City of Birmingham.
Social historian and broadcaster, Professor Carl Chinn tells the often poignant story of the Irish who came to the West Midlands.