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Joseph Chamberlain: Imperial Standard Bearer; National Leader; Local Icon

July 4, 2014 - July 5, 2014
Department of History, Newman University, Birmingham

Library Building
Newman University
Birmingham B32 3NT
United Kingdom

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  • Journal of Liberal History

Keynote speakers:

Peter Marsh
University of Birmingham


Ian Cawood
Newman University, Birmingham

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On 4th and 5th July 2014, Newman University in collaboration with Birmingham City Council are holding a two day conference to commemorate the centenary of Joseph Chamberlain’s death on 2nd July 1914.

The first day’s event will take place at Newman University and will focus on Chamberlain’s national and international career, followed by a three course dinner with speaker, at Highbury Hall, the Birmingham home that Chamberlain built in 1878.

The second day will take place in Birmingham City Centre at the new Library of  Birmingham  and will address Chamberlain’s local significance. There will be the chance to examine artefacts and documents relating to Chamberlain’s career, a documentary film on his life and a tour of sites associated with Chamberlain, including his office in the Council House.

The conference will feature a host of expert academic speakers, amateur historians, heritage specialists, research students and politicians, making this a truly diverse and interesting two days.

This event is sponsored by Severn Trent Water and is organised in collaboration with the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour History Groups, the Library of Birmingham, Birmingham Museums Trust, the Birmingham Post, the Centre for West Midland History at the University of Birmingham and the Lunar Society of Birmingham.


Two day conference including dinner at Highbury Hall   £100.00  

Two day conference                                                         £60.00

Friday conference including dinner at Highbury Hall       £80.00

Friday conference                                                                       £45.00

Saturday conference                                                        £25.00

Saturday conference (students and unwaged)               £15.00

Conference dinner only                                                    £40.00

To book a place, please email Emma Board at or by post to:

Ms. E. Board, Newman University, School of Human Sciences, Genners Lane, Birmingham. B32 3NT.

Cheques can be made payable to Newman University. Alternatively card payments can be made to our finance office at or calling 0121 476 1181 ext. 2342.

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