New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Introducing our team of bloggers

 Julie Edwards (The Friday Photo)

Occupation: Sales & Marketing Administrator for an Educational Travel Consultancy

Location: Birmingham

Interests: Inspired by family visits to Aston Hall and the brilliant old Birmingham Science Museum, I have been passionate about Birmingham’s history and heritage from a very early. I am now also a keen Genealogist and I have currently traced my Birmingham routes back to 17th Century with strong links to Birmingham’s industrial heritage.   I continue to be inspired by the many beautiful buildings across Birmingham and I am keen to start blogging about Birmingham’s lost heritage, along with buildings currently under threat.

Favourite bit of Birmingham heritage: Aston Hall and Jewellery Quarter.

Sarah Hayes

blogger profileOccupation: Collections and Exhibitions Manager at Newman Brothers at The Coffin Works

Location: Birmingham

Interests: As a social historian, my interests in the past revolve around ordinary people, their actions, motivations and connections to the bigger issues of the day. Another passion of mine is the changing landscape of Birmingham and identifying this through the use of historical maps and documents.

Favourite bit of Birmingham heritage: Jewellery Quarter and the ‘hidden’ medieval landmarks around the city centre. See Sarah’s feature on the Medieval Streets of Birmingham HERE.

Anne-Marie Hayes (The Friday Photo)

photo-27Occupation: Visitor Services Team Manager, Birmingham Museums Trust.

Location: Birmingham

Interests: As a historical geographer, I am interested in people, places and the landscape, especially how buildings evolve and the landscape changes around them. Probably not much of a surprise then that I love looking at maps!

Favourite bit of Birmingham heritage: The city’s hidden gems like Birmingham Museums’ Heritage Sites, two of which I used to work at, Blakesley Hall, and Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.

Katie Hughes

Katie HughesOccupation: Architect at Axis Design Architects based in the Jewellery Quarter.

Location: Birmingham

Interests:  My architectural interests include Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modernism, and Victorian/Edwardian housing.  I am passionate about architecture and my hometown so a few years ago I decided to start writing my own blog combining these interests about architecture, design and heritage buildings in Brum:  My other interests are long distance running, local history, Genealogy, Photography, Reading, Art History and Graphic Design.

Favourite bit of Birmingham heritage: I love everything from the beautiful terracotta Victorian civic buildings such as the Law Courts to the brutalist architecture of the 60 & 70s especially John Madins Central Library. I think Birmingham is such a diverse city with a wealth of different architectural styles that I never tire of finding new places to explore.

Ellie Gill (The Friday Photo)


Location: Birmingham

Interests: I’ve followed the Friday photo for quite a while and when I heard there was an opportunity to take part myself I jumped at the chance.

I studied Architecture and Historic Environment Conservation and having lived in Birmingham all my life, I am passionate about its heritage.


 Joe Turner

Joe TurnerOccupation: Town Planner

Location: Birmingham

Interests: I especially like the proud civic traditions and unique industrial heritage of Birmingham, and often overlooked local buildings sitting unnoticed. I’m also very interested in ‘Birmingham at play’ – pubs, sports heritage, baths, cinemas, parks etc. Other interests include reggae, running and Birmingham City FC.

Favourite bit of Birmingham heritage: A difficult one to choose – either one of several beautiful Victorian pubs or the magnificent Town Hall.


If you are interested in volunteering some time to share your thoughts, research and photos about Birmingham’s fine heritage with a wider audience, then why not consider joining our team of bloggers!! Visit our Volunteering Pages for more information.