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Y8 Geography trip to Birmingham: From Back-to-Backs to Futurism


On Thursday 8 June almost all of Y8 set off for Birmingham city centre on a trip to look at how the city was shaped by the Industrial Revolution, and how it is being re-modelled by new regeneration projects.

A short walk around the city centre allowed them to see important heritage sites such as the Gas Street Canal Basin and City Hall, alongside newer, eye-catching architecture such as The Cube, the Library of Birmingham and the newly made over New Street Station, replacing its former brutalist incarnation. After lunch, they made their way to the National Trust’s Back-to-Backs, a group of the last eight remaining houses of this type, built to house poor factory worker families in Victorian times. It was shocking to discover that this small block housed 450 people at one time, and the guides offered a fascinating insight into what life was like for the residents from the 1840s right up to the 1970s. All in all, the trip did well to pack 180 years of urban change into five hours!