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Lecture: Archaeology of New Library Site

Posted July 5th, 2010 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

From The Stirrer:

Members of the public have a chance to delve into Birmingham’s industrial past this month when a series of  archaeological lectures reveal the findings of last year’s excavation works at the site of the new  Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square.

The lectures, delivered by William Mitchell and Chris Hewitson of Birmingham Archaeology, will take place at Library Theatre, adjacent to the current Birmingham’s Central Library, on Wednesday July 7th (12.30-1.30pm) and Saturday July 24th (1-2pm), and are set to reveal in detail the significance behind the discoveries made at the new site prior to the start of construction in January.

Both William and Chris were part of the archaeology team from the University of Birmingham which carried out the excavation work between July and December 2009.

The dig uncovered a plethora of intriguing links to history, including remains of Gibson’s and Baskerville Canal Arms, as well as remnants from Robert Winfield’s Cambridge Street Works, one of Birmingham’s premier brass manufacturers that flourished in the 19th century.

Tickets for the lectures are available free of charge from, by calling 0121 303 2323, and from Central Library reception.

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