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Visit to Matthew Boulton's Soho House, Birmingham

Magazine article Management Services

Visit to Matthew Boulton's Soho House, Birmingham

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In October last year, a party from the West Midlands Region had a conducted tour of Matthew Boulton's Soho House in Birmingham. Soho House is a hidden gem; 200 years ago it was in open countryside but is now surrounded by urban development with the expansion of the City of Birmingham.

Matthew Boulton was pioneering industrialist and entrepreneur born in Birmingham in 1728, where he inherited the family's small manufacturing business. However, Boulton decided he needed more space for his 'manufactory' and purchased a farmhouse and about 30 acres of land in the open countryside outside Birmingham. Over time, he reconstructed the farmhouse as a modest mansion with a staff of 30, suitable for a Georgian gentleman of wealth. Adjacent to the house he had a farm and his factory, which, using innovative and new production techniques, produced a variety of metal goods including coins, medals, trinkets and ornaments. …

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