New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Friday Photo- The Midland Bank

Posted January 25th, 2016 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

This week’s Friday photo is of a building that most people certainly pass every day if they happen to work in the city centre. Formerly the Midland Bank, and located on Bennetts Hill, it is now a popular, bustling and busy bar, ...

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Friday Photo- Digbeth Police Station

Posted January 2nd, 2016 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

Happy New Year to everybody! For the first Friday Photo of the year, I chose a building in the city that is probably often overlooked. Also, my camera broke last week, so you’re going to have to settle for a good old ...

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Chris Upton: A West Midlands’ Treasure

Posted October 5th, 2015 by Sarah Hayes with 8 Comments

Our first Literary Bus meeting was at Blakesley Hall in 2010. This picture became synonymous with the project, with Gollum peering behind Chris in Blakesley’s beautiful gardens. © Anne-Marie Hayes I first met Chris 10 years ago while working at Museum of the ...

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Friday Photo- The Woodman Pub

Posted September 18th, 2015 by Anne-Marie Hayes with 3 Comments

The Woodman Pub is one of my favourite pubs in Birmingham because its history is so palpable, and it’s not too far from where I work! Walking into the red-brick building, you are immediately greeted with a sense of past, a sense ...

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Friday Photo- Sutton Coldfield Town Hall

Posted July 17th, 2015 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

This beautiful red-brick building is located in the heart of Sutton Coldfield and steeped in history, having once been a hotel, a council building and even a fire station. In 1974, when Sutton Coldfield became a district of Birmingham, the town hall ...

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A flavour of Italy on Constitution Hill

Posted June 14th, 2015 by Katie Hughes with 2 Comments

Ceramic tiles, terracotta detailing, floral motifs and carved cornices all contribute to the architectural vocabulary of two unique buildings on Constitution Hill which have a distinctively Italian feel against the backdrop of the historic Jewellery Quarter. Over the past couple of months I have ...

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Friday Photo: Old Yardley Village

Posted December 20th, 2014 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

I chose St Edburgh’s Church last month, and this week I wanted to show the beautiful buildings that make up Old Yardley Village. On the left, you can just about make out the original site of the Ring Of Bells Pub, where ...

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Friday Photo: St Edburgh’s Church

Posted November 7th, 2014 by Anne-Marie Hayes with 3 Comments

Taken at sunset, today’s Friday Photo is of St Edburgh’s Church, also known as Old Yardley Church, dating back to the 13th century. The church, which was part of Lichfield Diocese is today a grade-I listed building and is nestled away in Yardley Conservation Area. ...

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Sponsored Marathon in aid of Birmingham Conservation Trust

Posted November 6th, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with No Comments

My name is Katie Kershaw and I am one of BCT’s trustees. I became involved with the Trust because I am passionate about historic buildings and my home city of Birmingham. I am enormously grateful for the fantastic work that the Trust ...

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The Empire Cinema

Posted October 3rd, 2014 by Sarah Hayes with 2 Comments

The Empire Cinema, Sutton Coldfield This week’s Friday Photo is of one of the city’s few remaining Art-Deco buildings, the Empire Cinema (formerly the Odeon) in Sutton Coldfield. Built in 1936, it was designed by Harry Weedon and Cecil Clavering, and is a Grade ...

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