New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Arts & Crafts architecture in Birmingham

Posted January 19th, 2014 by Joe Turner with 5 Comments

When I used to sit in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery sketching William Morris patterns for my Art GCSE coursework, I didn’t quite realise the important role Birmingham played in the ‘Arts and Crafts’ movement. And, in turn, the influence the ...

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Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces

Posted December 30th, 2013 by Joe Turner with No Comments

This week’s Birmingham Post has a fascinating pull out on Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces, some of which is also available online. Put together with Birmingham-based Associated Architects, there are some interesting stories and great photos from inside the Council House and its clock ...

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Happy Christmas Birmingham! From the Horse Fair to the Frankfurt Market

Posted December 23rd, 2013 by Joe Turner with No Comments

Well, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market (as featured in last week’s Friday photo) is over for another year. As it has been running for 12 years* it is almost a heritage asset in its own right now, and – love it or hate ...

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Guillotine Gem.

Posted December 2nd, 2013 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 2 Comments

Wandering down the canal as you do I came across this interesting Stop Lock, I realised that it resembled the threatening French guillotine. After some research I found out that the guillotine styled stop lock is the only one of its kind on ...

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Their name liveth for evermore: Brandwood End Cemetery

Posted November 9th, 2013 by Joe Turner with 4 Comments

Brandwood End Cemetery (as featured in Tracey’s Friday Photo a couple of months ago) in Kings Heath is a fascinating and peaceful place to visit, especially at this time of year. It was opened in 1899 – by George Tallis, Chairman of ...

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A short walk down John Bright Street

Posted November 4th, 2013 by Joe Turner with No Comments

John Bright was MP for Birmingham for over thirty years, from 1858 to his death in 1889. A relatively obscure figure now, he was a key reformist figure in the nineteenth century. An independent thinker, for the majority of his parliamentary career ...

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Powering Forward: the electricity industry and Birmingham

Posted October 16th, 2013 by Joe Turner with 18 Comments

A few eyebrows were raised recently by the listing of the 1960s brutalist Moore Street substation in Sheffield, as part of English Heritage’s recent focus on post-war modernist architecture. The building has become a local landmark on the ring road in Sheffield, ...

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Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands seeks committee members

Posted October 14th, 2013 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

Are you passionate about heritage in the West Midlands? Do you have the skills and experience to help save it for the future? At the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) we use money from the National Lottery to support projects that make a lasting difference ...

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Putting the work of Building Preservation Trusts in perspective

Posted October 8th, 2013 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

A couple of things to tell you about which are being led by our colleagues at the UK Association of Preservation Trusts; first the launch of their HLF-funded All Our Stories project called In Perspective, the other their forthcoming conference. Both give ...

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A Peaky Blinding stroll around Bordesley

Posted September 22nd, 2013 by Joe Turner with 167 Comments

The big budget new BBC2 TV show Peaky Blinders, set in Birmingham after the First World War and focusing on a fearsome criminal gang in the Small Heath and Bordesley area, is currently creating what I understand media people call a ‘buzz’. The ...

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