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From Sloggers to Peakies: The Brummie Gangs of Britain   

The Industrial Revolution was pivotal in creating mass overcrowding, poverty, and misery in the expanding cities of Victorian Britain. This was no more so than in Birmingham, the city known to most Brits as Brum. Out of this wretched environment emerged an underworld of thugs and thieves who prowled Birmingham’s alleyways and streets, terrorizing anyone who got in their way. Join Pat Butler for a glimpse into the gritty world of the Brummie gangs and their leaders, who gave Birmingham its notoriety for being one of the most damned and violent places in Britain.   

Pat Butler was the Elderwise Administrator until retiring to Warwick, England, in 2017. She has since qualified as a Tour Guide for the National Trust’s Living Back-to-Back History Museum in Birmingham, U.K., and enjoys taking groups of visitors around this popular venue. Pat also presents classes on social history to the U.K.’s University of the Third Age.


  • From Sloggers to Peakies: The Brummie Gangs of Britain

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  • For online courses, a Zoom link will be sent to each registrant 24-48 hours in advance of the class.

  • Fee: $15.00

  • Instructor(s): Pat Butler

  • Dates: 6/16/2022 - 6/16/2022

    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Sessions: 1

    Days: Th

  • Building: Online Course

    Room: Online Classroom via Zoom

  •  Address: Online Ann Arbor, MI 48108

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