Dr Chris Upton is Reader in Public History at Newman University Birmingham, specialising in the history of the West Midlands region. Previously he taught at the universities of Aston and Birmingham, and worked in the Archives & Heritage section of Birmingham Central Library. Chris is the author of four books on West Midlands history, all published by Phillimore & Co., including volumes on Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Lichfield. His most recent book is Living Back to Back, a study of back-to-back housing.
Chris is shortly to complete a book on Birmingham and its Poor 1740-1840. In addition, Chris writes two weekly columns for the Birmingham Post, and makes regular appearances on TV and radio. These too generally focus on the history of the West Midlands.