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Birmingham and Midland Institute
Formed by Act of Parliament in 1854, for "the Diffusion and Advancement of Science, Literature and Art amongst all Classes of Persons resident in Birmingham and the Midland Counties", the BMI has been at the heart of Birmingham's educational and cultural life for nearly 150 years. One of its early presidents was Charles Dickens.
The BMI played a leading role in the introduction of scientific and technical education in Birmingham, running General Industrial, Commercial and Music departments until the state gradually took over these functions. It was the forerunner of many educational bodies now engaged in teaching science and commerce and is the direct parent of the Birmingham Conservatoire (now the music college faculty of Birmingham City University).
Located in an attractive Grade II* listed building, and ideally placed where Birmingham's business and commercial quarter meets the City's cultural centre, the BMI has, at the heart of its present activities, its own cultural and educational programme, which includes a wide spectrum of Arts and Science lectures, exhibitions and concerts.
The Birmingham Library, founded in 1779, is also part of the BMI and contains 100,00 volumes.
For further details, please contact:
The Birmingham and Midland Institute
Tel: 0121 236 3591
Fax: 0121 212 4577
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