Introducing our team of bloggers
Julie Edwards (The Friday Photo)
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.
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)
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.
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: architectureonmydoorstep.
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)
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.
David Evetts (The Friday Photo)
Occupation: Museum front-of-house staff
Interests: Technology and history, especially where the two subjects cross overlap. It’s fascinating to see both how things are made and why. I also have a fondness for old maps. I go outdoors [occasionally] to photograph aeroplanes or look at the night sky.
Favourite bit of Birmingham heritage: Lost factories. Many famous manufacturers had their roots in Birmingham and while some have moved on or faded away, their buildings often live on in new guises like the Custard Factory.
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.