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Former regional editor launches history magazine

A former regional editor has launched a new history magazine covering his old patch.

Stacey Barnfield has created the Journal of History & Nostalgia, which covers Birmingham, the Black Country and Coventry.

Stacey edited the Birmingham Post between 2013 and 2015 before joining forces with his wife, former Birmingham Mail reporter Catherine Hendrick, to launch public relations and publishing agency Edwin Ellis Creative Media.

The magazine is initially available online or for download as an e-edition due to the impact of coronavirus on print publishing, but it is hoped a physical version will be launched in future.

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The first edition, pictured, features links to websites for museums and heritage sites and covers news about local history and regeneration projects, as well as a look at the virtual gallery tours being offered by Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery during its closure to the public.

Stacey said: “I’ve always wanted to launch a local history magazine that appeals to families who have grown up in the Midlands and have connections to its biggest brands; the likes of Jaguar, Cadbury and Rover.

“There are lovely stories behind these incredible organisations that I hope to share through the magazine.

“However, with print publishing being impacted by coronavirus, it seemed appropriate to try a shorter digital ‘stay-at-home’ version first.

“I’m really pleased with the response and getting some positive feedback.”