Faces of the Library of Birmingham take tour of construction site
The Faces of the Library of Birmingham met with deputy leader of Birmingham City Council Ian Ward and were given an exclusive tour of the inside of the building site by contractor Carillion. The Faces saw for themselves how work has been progressing on some of the Library’s most striking features, including the impressive Book Rotunda at the heart of the new building, the 300 seat studio theatre and the environmentally-controlled “golden box” that will store and protect the library’s internationally important archive collections.
Cllr Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, comments:
“All of the Faces of the Library of Birmingham were selected due to their passion for libraries and each embodies the many different roles that libraries play in people’s lives. The Faces are helping spread the word that we are building the library of the future right here in Birmingham and bring the library to life in their own communities across the city and beyond.”
The group included teenage radio presenter Shaun Baxter, actor and astrophysicist David Ault and Bhangra expert Gursh Chana.
The final group of Faces of the Library of Birmingham was announced in May 2012 and there are now 26 in total – one for every letter of the alphabet.
The full list of ‘Faces’ who attended
Andre and Imarni Hesson from Great Barr
Frank Sidney Smith from Maypole
Wal Warmington from Edgbaston
Steven Woodhouse and Trevor Boddington from Birmingham
Thomas O’Flaherty, from Hockley
Gary Baker from Sutton Coldfield
Ian Myatt from Sutton Coldfield
Eunice McGhie-Belgrave from Stetchford
David Ault from Walsall
Dr John Blewitt from Malvern
Matthew Tye from Handsworth
Seyi Kolade from Harborne
Shaun Baxter from Handsworth
Gursh Chana from Great Barr
Information on all the Faces can be found at www.rewritingthebook.com.