New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Friday Photo: The Barber Institute

Posted January 31st, 2020 by Dave Evetts with 2 Comments

To give this lovely building its full name, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, situated in Edgbaston at the University of Birmingham. It was opened in 1939 by Queen Mary, the grandmother of our present queen and was designed by Robert Atkinson, ...

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Friday Photo: Council House Clock Tower

Posted January 10th, 2020 by Dave Evetts with 1 Comment

The clock tower of Birmingham council house Here’s a view of Old Birmingham with New Birmingham looking over its shoulder. The clock tower of the Council House was added with the grand entrance of the Museum and Art Gallery in 1885 to the ...

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Friday Photo: Towards Victoria Square

Posted December 28th, 2019 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

This week’s Friday photo looks towards Victoria Square in the city centre. Taken a month or so ago, it shows the ongoing building work in the area and a side view of the grade I listed town hall which was designed by ...

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Friday Photo – Assay Office, Newhall Street

Posted December 13th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

Some of you may be getting gold or silver in your Christmas stocking this year. You can be sure that all Five Gold Rings really are gold by checking the hallmarks. These impressions are applied by one of the UK’s four Assay ...

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Friday Photo: Mitchells and Butlers War Memorial

Posted November 8th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with 1 Comment

Mitchells & Butlers War Memorial, Cape Hill It is Remembrance Sunday this weekend. Many war memorials were built in the 1920s to mark the huge loss of life in the Great War. The pale grey limestone obelisk was a familiar pattern for these ...

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Friday Photo: Selly Manor

Posted November 1st, 2019 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is of the interior of one of the upstairs rooms at Selly Manor, Bournville (decorated suitably spookily for Halloween). The currently occupied tester bed in the photo is thought to have belonged to Edmund Prys (1544 – 1623) – the panelled headboard ...

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Friday Photo – Legal and General Assurance Society, Waterloo Street

Posted October 18th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

These commercial offices were built by S. N. Cooke and E. Holman between 1931-33. Today they are apartments with a restaurant at street level. The design was a modern take on classical elements such as the Portland stone exterior which is not ...

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Friday Photo: Erdington Warehouse

Posted October 14th, 2019 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

This week’s Friday Photo is of a warehouse along the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal in Erdington. I’m not sure exactly when it dates from and there’s a real lack of information available about this part of the canal stretch, despite some gems that ...

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Friday Photo: Bournville Quaker Meeting House

Posted October 4th, 2019 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is of the Quaker meeting house on Bournville Green. George Cadbury, a founder of Bournville Village, was a Quaker himself and the meeting house was built in 1905, having been designed by Bournville Village architect William Alexander Harvey. The ...

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Friday Photo – The Big House

Posted September 20th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

The Big House, Oldbury This week’s Friday Photo takes a step to the west from Birmingham to the town of Oldbury in Sandwell. The old town centre here survives in patches between the bus station, Sainsburys and the council offices. The oldest building ...

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