Working together to make Birmingham a better place for everyone

The inaugural Haywood Award shortlist

In late 2019, Birmingham Civic Society announced that nominations were open for our inaugural William Haywood Award. The Awards’ sub-committee, part of the Planning Committee, met on several occasions to review nominations received and it’s no exaggeration to say that the fantastic longlist meant shortlisting was no easy task!

To see the shortlist, read the full story on our website.

Spread the word about our Next Generation Awards

Can you help spread the word to Birmingham secondary schools about the Next Generation Awards?

If you know a governor, teacher, parent or a pupil at one of Birmingham’s secondary schools we would be enormously grateful if you could please share our latest video on the Turves Green Girls' School's Elderly Explore project, which won NGAs last year.

Full details, video and contact details can be found on our website.

Board updates

We are delighted to announce that Stephen Hartland and Matthew Vaughan, Trustees of the Society and chairs of the Public Art and Planning Committees, respectively, were appointed Deputy Chairmen of the Society at the AGM.

And we’d like to extend a warm welcome to Irene de Boo, who is joining the Board after several years on our Heritage Committee. Irene currently works freelance and recently coordinated the James Watt Bicentenary Project and Birmingham Heritage Week.

Mud, sun and fun to bring in the new year!  

Birmingham Trees for Life (BTFL) started off 2020 in style with three tree plantings at parks in Sutton Coldfield, Bournville and Cotteridge.

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New membership for young people

As announced at our AGM, we have a new membership for individuals aged 18-24 who are keen to make a difference in Birmingham. The membership will be just £15 a year.

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St Laurence Church awarded NLHF grant

Northfield residents are celebrating after St Laurence Church was awarded a £65,700 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund towards the Northfield Revealed community history project.

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Out of acorns… An update on Permission to Smile

As one of the earliest and staunchest supporters of Permission to Smile, we are pleased to see that the Local Government Association has recognised the Birmingham-based campaign

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Birmingham Cathedral secures NLHF development funding

Birmingham Cathedral secures initial support from National Lottery Heritage Fund for Divine Beauty project

Divine Beauty aims to conserve and interpret the world-famous stained-glass windows designed by Birmingham born, Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones.

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Congratulations! Birmingham Councillor awarded MBE

Congratulations to Councillor Phil Davis, Birmingham City Council’s Heritage Champion, who has been awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours for services to Heritage. Phil has always been most supportive of our work, joining us for the unveiling of two of our Renaissance Awards in Jewellery Quarter – the Pig & Tail in 2017 and Mary Street in 2019.


You’re invited! Help us plant 1000 sapling trees

Live in or around Bordesley Green? Join BTFL at Batchelors Farm Recreation Ground on Saturday 29th February to plant saplings. The planting will start at 11am and families are welcome. Please bring your own spade if you have one as there may not be enough to go around! Find out more details here.

Have your say on the Draft Transport Plan

Birmingham City Council launched their Draft Transport Plan with a presentation and short question and answer session on 13th January. The plan includes measures to reduce car dependency, strengthen public transport and encourage people to walk and cycle in their local areas.

You can respond to the plans online and at events between now and late March, when the consultation period ends.

The Birmingham Civic Society

9 Margaret Street
Birmingham B3 3BS

07780 976928
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