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Looking ahead to autumn

We are continuing to celebrate our 100th birthday in style, with a packed autumn series of The City Beautiful walks, talks and events. Check out what’s happening next month at the end of this newsletter and read our August centenary blog on the website.
In addition, we have several key core autumn event dates for your diary:

  • Thursday 11 October – Next Generation Awards finals at Highbury Hall
  • Friday 19 & Saturday 20 October – Annual Civic Voice Convention at The REP
  • Friday 2 November – Blue Plaque to William Haywood, the Society’ first Secretary, at The Wellington
  • Thursday 15 November – AGM and centenary year highlights at Pinsent Masons
  • Friday 23 November – Leaders’ Breakfast at Hotel du Vin

Civic Voice Conference countdown

Did you know that as a member of Birmingham Civic Society, you will be able to attend the Civic Voice Conference on 19-20 October for just £60.00 per person?! This includes not only hearing from keynote speakers on the 19th, but also taking part in workshops and city tours on the 20th. Corporate members will also be able to join us at a Breakfast Briefing to hear from a local business leader and network with other corporate members attending the conference.

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Join BTfL at Eco Fest

The Birmingham Trees for Life team will be at the MAC on Sunday 9 September, 12 noon – 5pm for Eco Fest celebrating the environment and all things green! There’ll be a great range of stalls where you can learn more about making a difference, plus plenty of eco-friendly family activities from ecobirmingham, an inspiring film to watch, theatre performances to see and fun workshops to join. You can even create musical instruments from recyclable objects, then try them out in a STOMP-style ‘junk orchestra’ procession!

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Special centenary Blue Plaque unveiled next month

In addition to the young people’s film project, we asked the pupils of Chandos Primary School to nominate whom they thought worthy of a special centenary Blue Plaque. Years 4 and 5 researched local organisations and individuals, and after some impressive presentations at an assembly for years 4,5 and 6, they took to the polls and voted for their winner; the honour going to homeless charity SIFA Fireside. The plaque will be unveiled at Chandos by the Lord Mayor and the pupils on Thursday 13 September, 1.45-3pm, during Heritage Week. Email Penny if you would like to attend.

Summer events round up

The warm July weather was a bonus for Ian Jelf’s city centre walking tour and the Ranger Service heritage walk around Brookvale Park and Witton Lakes. Adrian de Redman, the city’s Amorist, gave the second in our The City Beautiful talks, looking at the legal and illegal uses of coats of arms, and then, in August, there was plenty for children to do with over 30 budding comedians attending Library Laughs at the Children’s Library and a steady stream of families casting and decorating their own name plaques at the Coffin Works Casting Creations event.

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Birmingham Heritage Week is back!

From 6–16 September, Birmingham’s rich and diverse history will be celebrated with inspiring events, walks, talks, open days and visits to hidden gems. The city-wide festival, now in its fourth year, has 10 days of fun-filled events and whether you want to discover more about Birmingham’s manufacturing history or much loved parks or travel on a narrow boat, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Jane and Rachel, of Mrs History, will be at the B&MI’s history fair on Saturday 8th, representing the Society, so pop along and say hi!

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Subscription renewals due

If you have yet to renew, we do hope that you soon will as your continuing support is vital. Our centenary year has been a splendid celebration of what has been at the heart of the Society since we formed in 1918 – promoting and protecting our local heritage combined with the passion and energy of local people, proud of their great city and wanting to make it a better place for everyone. At the opening meeting Neville Chamberlain said that the Society was an 'experiment worth trying'... and we’re pleased to say that we are all still full of energy, passion and commitment to trying out that experiment for the next 100 years!

Brum Youth Trends Summit

Corporate members, The Beatfreeks Collective, are bringing together young people, businesses and decision makers for their Brum Youth Trends summit to launch their pioneering and flagship research report designed to gather insight from one of the most elusive, sophisticated and fluid demographics; young people. Join them on Wednesday 10 October, 12-5pm at the Town Hall, to hear lightening talks from individuals such as Andy Street, Brigid Jones, Deborah Cadman and Sir Nick Serota, as well as a number of inspiring and influential young people. 

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The John Feeney Trust Fellowship 2018

The John Feeney Trust, who generously awarded us a grant of £1000 towards our centenary heritage programme, each year offer two Feeney Fellowships, with bursaries of up to £3000, to provide opportunities for Birmingham-based artists to broaden their expertise and develop their careers. Deadline for applications is Sunday 30 September and applicants will be expected to have had a minimum of three years professional practice in their field.

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Our Instagram pick this month

We’ve chosen a photo by Simon P. Felton [@feltipography on Instagram] for our Instagram pick this month to showcase how green the city is.



Welcome to new personal member Pritpal Sandhu, new corporate member Moore Stephens LLP and returning corporate member Marsh Ltd. We look forward to seeing you at our events throughout the year.

Centenary activities in September
An autumn woodland history revealed
Take a wander through Holly Hurst in Sutton Park to discover the many features of this archaeological rich area of the park.
A History of Birmingham Parks
Darren Share, Assistant Director BCC, describes the history of Birmingham’s much loved parks and the Society’s role in greening the city, followed by a Ranger walk of Aston Park.
Imaginative Gardens
A free, drop in family activity at Aston Hall, enjoying parts of Aston Park then making your own imaginative garden.
Edward Burne-Jones walk
Birmingham Cathedral’s Heritage Manager tells the story of one of the city’s best known artists through the sights and sounds of the city centre.
City centre walking tour
An informative and enjoyable walking tour with Blue Badge guide, Ian Jelf, starting in front of St Martin in the Bullring.
Cannon Hill Park walk
Put your best foot forward and discover the park from the perspective of curator, historian and Cannon Hill Park regular Irene de Boo.
Birmingham Artists in the 20th century
Join Hon Professor of Art History Brendan Flynn at the RBSA for a colourful talk describing the prominent Birmingham artists of the 20th century.
Birmingham and the First World War
Heritage Committee member Sian Roberts illustrates the considerable story of Birmingham during WWI, followed by a rare opprotunity to view selected archive material.
The City Beautiful printmaking workshop
A unique opportunity for families to work with an RBSA print making tutor with The City Beautiful as your theme.
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