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Birmingham City Council

VE Day Street Parties

Birmingham Remembers VE Day

In May 1945, as the war was coming to an end, Britain's streets were filled with trestle tables, chairs, bunting and thousands of smiling faces.

Most of the photographs here were loaned to the library for the preparation of this exhibition. The library cannot supply copies of any of the images from private collections. One photograph is available for copying as it belongs to the Archives and Heritage Collection; the image of the street party in Heeley Road, Selly Oak.

We hope you enjoy this online exhibition; click on the image or on the accompanying caption for a larger version.




VE Day Street Party in the courtyard behind 54 Arthur Street, Birmingham.





Celebrating VJ Day in Rocky Lane, Perry Barr 1945







VE Day street party in Lea Road, Sparkhill 9 May 1945.







Street Party, Birmingham, VE Day May 1945.


Do you know which street this is?




Mrs Nellie Oakes and her two sons on leave from the army and navy celebrate VE Day in Castle Road, Weoley Castle.





Street party in Heeley Road, Selly Oak.







The Limes VE Day tea party, 8 May 1945



 women with cake on VE Day




Lest we Forget is a programme of exhibitions and activities designed to celebrate the contributions of people living and working in Birmingham during the war. You can see more pictures of street parties from the 'Lest we Forget' Exhibition.


Memories of Birmingham children