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The Don Wright Local History Collection

Harborne Library is privileged to possess a unique range of material collected by Don Wright, a respected local historian. At the time of his death in 1977 Don was deputy City Librarian (Reference Services), having worked for Birmingham Libraries for many years.

Shortly afterwards, his family suggested his collection be brought to Harborne Library, so that it might be available for reference to anyone with an interest in Harborne and its history. It has become a popular resource with local schools, and those researching family or house history.

The collection includes over 800 photographs, printed material, maps and ephemera. We have compiled just a small selection on the site; use the links below to explore this invaluable resource.

We continue to add to the collection and are always grateful for donations, or for the opportunity to copy material to add to our files.

If you have items that could add to the collection, or simply wish to view the material, please contact Harborne Library on (0121) 464 1596 or e-mail harborne.library@birmingham.gov.uk

Selections from the Don Wright Collection

Harborne Home Guard 1941

Harborne in World War Two

Harborne's wartime preparations.

Station Road School, 1939

Harborne Schooldays

Pictures of Harborne's schools in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Harborne High Street 1910

Harborne High Street Landmarks

The changing face of Harborne High Street


Harborne Railway History

A look back at when trains ran through Harborne station.

Harborne History
Harborne: Early History
Harborne: 19th Century History
Harborne Library: A Brief History
Harborne Local History Group
Harborne Library