Take a trip around the West Midlands, an area that is a mix of vibrant cities, thriving market towns, picturesque villages and stunning countryside. We start by visiting this area in the 1930s when Great Britain was still one of the world's leading industrial powers and the West Midlands was at its centre. Our visit takes us to the Potteries and the Wedgwood Factory, to the Trent and Mersey Canal, to Sulgrave Manor, the ancestral home of George Washington, to Royal Leamington Spa and Warwick with its castle whose history dates back to 1068. But no visit to this area would be complete without a stop in Birmingham where we see the many changes that have taken place since the early 20th century, including fascinating film of the rebuilding of the Bull Ring in the 1960s. Though cars feature strongly in Birmingham's industrial history we appreciate how the centre has had to become pedestrianised. Our final visit is to Stratford-upon-Avon, with its many half-timbered buildings and rich architecture, much of which has barely changed for centuries.