Birm­ing­ham Her­itage Week to show­case hid­den his­tory

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THE rich his­tory of the Col­more busi­ness district will be brought to life dur­ing Birm­ing­ham Her­itage Week next month.

Her­itage Week, be­tween Septem­ber 6-16, cel­e­brates the city’s di­verse his­tory with walks, talks, film screen­ings and vis­its to hid­den gems.

Col­more BID, the Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District for the Col­more Row area, is spon­sor­ing this year’s event, along­side The Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham, His­toric Eng­land and Greater Birm­ing­ham Cham­bers of Com­merce.

The week is man­aged by Birm­ing­ham Mu­se­ums Trust.

His­tory en­thu­si­asts are in­vited for a tour of the busi­ness district led by his­tory en­thu­si­ast Richard Tren­grouse on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 6 at 1pm. The walk will re­veal some of the fas­ci­nat­ing hid­den his­tory of the area, its lost build­ings and some of the char­ac­ters who have walked the same streets over the past two cen­turies.

Other Her­itage Week events in the busi­ness district in­clude a Ge­orge Shaw pho­tog­ra­phy lunchtime tour on Septem­ber 11, a His­tor­i­cal Build­ing Walk on Septem­ber 12, and a fea­ture­length doc­u­men­tary about Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher Vi­vian Maier on Septem­ber 13.

Ge­orge Shaw was a pro­fes­sor of chem­istry at Queens Col­lege and a re­spected mem­ber of Birm­ing­ham’s sci­en­tific, artis­tic, manu- fac­tur­ing and ed­u­ca­tional com­mu­ni­ties dur­ing the Vic­to­rian era – and was also the first per­son in the city to make a pho­to­graph.

Vi­vian Maier was a lit­tle-known Chicago-based pho­tog­ra­pher who took more than 100,000 pho­to­graphs which were left hid­den in stor­age lock­ers and dis­cov­ered decades later.

She is now con­sid­ered among the 20th cen­tury’s great­est pho­tog­ra­phers and a con­tem­po­rary of Birm­ing­ham pho­tog­ra­pher, Phyl­lis Nick­lin, whose work fea­tured in an award-win­ning ex­hi­bi­tion in Snow Hill Square.

Jenny Thurston, co-or­di­na­tor for Birm­ing­ham Her­itage Week, said: “Birm­ing­ham Her­itage Week is the per­fect time for the cul­tur­ally cu­ri­ous to get out there and dis­cover more about the city this Septem­ber.

“Thanks to our spon­sors, the fes­ti­val con­tin­ues to thrive and show­case the best of what Birm­ing­ham has to of­fer.

“The city has such a di­verse and rich her­itage and we’re are so pleased to be back to shout about it.”

For more about Her­itage Week visit col­more­busi­ness­dis­trict. com/projects/her­itage-week2018/ or birm­ing­hamher­itage week.co.uk/

>Church Street in the Birm­ing­ham Col­more busi­ness district, where one of the her­itage tours will take place

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