River Tame: Hidden history of Birmingham’s industrial river

Hidden away below Spaghetti Junction is the River Tame – the major river of the West Midlands conurbation.

Flowing from Oldbury through the Black Country and into Birmingham, some of the greatest industrial names of the region flourished along its banks. It was here that the blue bricks that typify much of the Black Country were made and munitions’ workers made bombs in the First World War; while today Jaguar, the car manufacurer, is found on a site where Spitfires were built in the Second World War.

Join historian Jenni Dixon as she guides Mike Gibbs of History West Midlands along the mysterious course of the River Tame as it crosses the region.