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For ease of use the Weblinks are divided into sections . . .
. . . click the headings on the left.
Here is an extensive though by no means comprehensive assortment of websites relating to the history and geography of Birmingham. They are grouped into the categories above, but these are flexible. For instance, websites in the Regional or National sections may well have detailed information about Birmingham or Birmingham districts.
Some of these websites are the official sites of organisations, some are commercial sites and some of them the personal sites of individuals. The quality and reliability of websites varies enormously and it is for the user to make their own judgements about their worth. I have certainly not included the worst sites and have generally commented on the ones included below.
A matter for concern is the ownership and authorship of websites. Many do not clearly state, or indeed state at all, who is the author of the material and who controls the content of the site. Some sites may give the impression that they are official sites of an organisation or a community site, when they are actually the work of an individual. It is difficult to guess why the authors of many sites remain anonymous and give no biographical details. Let the reader beware! However, the best sites have a section usually entitled ‘About us’ stating clearly who created the site and who controls its content; the content of the site is dated and attributed to named authors; and there is a means of contacting the site.
Another issue is the use by website owners of material whose copyright does not belong to them. Some people seem to have the view that if it's on the internet, it's up for grabs. I've found my own photographs and verbatim text on other people's websites unattributed. I do permit reuse of my work as long as it is attributed to me and not used for commercial purposes (See the bottom of this page).
Website addresses are notorious for changing and disappearing - even well trusted ones. The links below were all tried and tested and working at the time of publication. This is unfortunately no guarantee that they still work now.
The entries generally use websites' own words (in italics) often with a comment added by this author.
Links within this website lead to other sites. There is no implication of sponsorship, endorsement or approval of any information or statements appearing in those sites. This author is not responsible for the availability of, or the content located on or through, any such external site. And conversely there is no implication that those websites sponsor, endorse or approve of any information or statements in this site.