As a former pupil of the school named after Birmingbam's MP, Lord Mayor and education pioneer George Dixon Grammar School for Boys in City Road, Edgbaston, I was fascinated to learn of another link to George Dixon with my wife being a member of staff and my daughter a Sports Scholar at Edgbaston High School for Girls which George Dixon founded for the daughters of Birmingham artisans in the 1870's. This book sheds light on a great Birmingham man often overshadowed by the national profile of Birmingham contemporary Joseph Chamberlain whose municipal achievements in improving the lot of the ordinary Brummie and as Coloniaal Secretary in the late Victorian period and his founding of Birmingham University whose worldwide symbol the Campanile 'Old Joe' bears massive testament to these two men's,relative achievements with Dixon having the George Dixon School buildings as his only legacy in Birmingham. Anyone interested in the history of Birmingham and education in the second city should read this book
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