Where is the heart of England? Arguably, the pumping heart that keeps England alive must be the dynamic and pulsating megalopolis of London, the capital supercity. However, the heart of a nation can be seen as a central geographical location. This region of England is referred to as The Midlands, and one cynical source claimed that as it is very industrial, the more romantic term 'Heart of England' was adopted to make the region attractive to tourists! But some 'industrial' sites are now magnets for visitors, such as Ironbridge in Shropshire; and picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon is the heart of Shakespeare Country. This series will explore aspects of the history of The Midlands: ancient Mercia; counties such as Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire; and key personalities, sites, cities, and industries that all contribute to the Heart of England.