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Birmingham heritage week

Eager heritage fans can now begin planning as the tremendous list of more than 100 Birmingham Heritage Week events.

The popular festival is back, packed with varied and fascinating events: from exhibitions and tours, to open days and concerts. It’s the perfect opportunity for local residents and tourists alike to discover parts of the city they have never seen before, or rediscover popular places from a new perspective.

Birmingham Heritage Week 2019 is supported by Jewellery Quarter BID. You’ll find full listings online – but here are some highlights from the week’s line-up:

  • The Baskerville Keyhill Cemetery Tour – during the dusky hours of twilight. Discover the surprising story of John Baskerville, the famous Birmingham printer and typesetter, whilst seeing the cemeteries and catacombs at their most atmospheric, as your torch guides you through the darkness.
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s stunning Waterhall Gallery will open for an opportunity to admire this amazing Victorian architectural space, along with artworks from the city’s collection.
  • Bournville is home to some of the city’s most historical and beautiful buildings – and numerous buildings will be open to the public, free, on Saturday 14 September.
  • The Lost Children showcases a hugely-important – yet little-known – aspect of Birmingham’s history. The Birmingham and Midland Institute’s exhibition showcases the emotional and fascinating life stories of just a few of the 6,000 destitute children sent from Emigration Homes in Highgate to Canada.
  • Discover the hidden green spaces of the Secret Gardens in Handsworth, on a specially-extended tour. Gain access to the magical walled gardens behind nine striking Georgian houses, which are usually closed to the public.
  • Truly see what life was like for those ‘downstairs’ with a special guided tour at the beautiful Jacobean mansion, Aston Hall, which focuses on the lives of servants in the 17th century.
  • View the Ikon Gallery’s display by Stuart Whipps, a multifaceted reflection on the closure of the Longbridge motor works in Birmingham which is part of his long-term art project The Kipper and The Corpse. The factory was the last British-owned volume car manufacturer and through making the work Whipps seeks to understand its inevitable closure.

Find out more on the Birmingham Heritage Week website.

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