In Fondest Memory

Great tributes to a unique man- extremely knowledgeable but also kind, generous & witty. A great loss to Birmingham

The Iron Room

Picture for Birmingham Forward. Register office. Chris Upton (right) with genealogist John Yates looking through records in the Register Office archive. Chris Upton (right) with genealogist John Yates looking through records in the Register Office archive.

Here at AHP we are mourning the loss of one of Birmingham’s greatest characters, Dr. Chris Upton, who sadly passed away on 1st October. Chris’s passion for Birmingham and its history was second to none and his students at Newman University had the privilege of seeing his enthusiasm first hand.

Many moons ago, Chris worked in the Local Studies department of Central Library and has remained ‘one of ours’ ever since. Chris was a frequent visitor to AHP and his wife, Fiona, retired from the department earlier this year, so even those of us who didn’t have the opportunity to work with him directly were grateful for the opportunity to get to know him (and learn from him on more than one occasion!).

We all have our own fond memories of Chris that always make…

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