England - West Midlands
The West Midlands is one of the nine official regions of England, as decided upon in 1994. It comprises the major towns of:
An old Victorian building in front of a glass
skyscraper in Birmingham, England.
Known as the home of the Industrial Revolution, this movement began in Birmingham and the Black Country in the late 1800’s. The West Midlands was especially renowned for its coal mining, metal industries, beer production, engineering and ceramic work. Birmingham was particularly productive, becoming dubbed as “the city of a thousand trades” for its diversity. At one stage, almost the entire motor vehicle industry for the United Kingdom was based in Coventry and Birmingham. Although this is no longer the case, the West Midlands region is still renowned as being the heart and birthplace of the Industrial Revolution that played such a major role in the development of the country. Its decline began during the 1960’s. The reasons behind this fall are manifold and complex.
As with the rest of the official regions that make up England, the West Midlands region is under the leadership of the monarchy. However, on a regional level, it is administered by the West Midlands Leaders’ Board. Members of this board are taken from local councils throughout the region, rather than being elected.
Birmingham is home to the Birmingham International Airport, a major transport resource to the entire region of the West Midlands.
Some of the most popular tourist attractions in the West Midlands include Aston Hall, Birmingham Back to Backs, Crooked House Public House, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Umberslade Children's Farm and Electric Cinema.
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