Museum seeks Bullring tales

  • Do you recall Birmingham’s Bullring in the 1960s?
  • Have you witnessed its dramatic transformation in recent years?

If the answer to both questions is yes, you could secure a place in the city’s history later this week as Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery staff put the finishing touches to an exciting oral history project

As part of the £9.7 million Birmingham history galleries, which will open later this year, BMAG staff have developed a number of oral history projects on aspects of Birmingham life.

The ‘Your Birmingham’ gallery will explore the histories and stories of a wide range of local people through objects, text, photographs, audio and film.

Now the project is just missing the Bullring story and researchers are visiting the iconic shopping centre on Friday 23 March to put that right.

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Cllr Martin Mullaney, said: “Oral history will play a big part in the Birmingham history galleries project and I know BMAG staff have been delighted with the public response.

“But it would be a shame to tell the story of the city without acknowledging the huge part Bullring has played in everyday Birmingham life. Hopefully we can put that right next week.”

Museum staff can be found outside the Jane Norman store in the Upper East Mall between 11am and 4pm next Friday and they would love to hear your stories.

Backed by a £4.9 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant,  the project involves the restoration and refurbishment of part of  the Grade II* listed BMAG building and the creation of a series of stunning new permanent displays focussing on the history and development of Birmingham.

The galleries are currently being fitted out and will open to the public this autumn.

Stories already collected for the ‘Your Birmingham’ gallery include:

  • Working at Austin Motor Works, Longbridge
  • Working at Cadbury’s
  • Moving to Kingstanding or Weoley Castle estates
  • 40s – 90s Lewis’s Store: shoppers/employees
  • HP Factory: Workers/HP Sauce enthusiasts
  • Duran Duran fans
  • 1953 End of the Trams: Birmingham people who remember travelling on the last trams in the city
  • 1977 Silver Jubilee: Birmingham people who celebrated in Birmingham
  • Mothers nightclub in Erdington – listen to ‘Memories of Mothers nightclub’ on Audioboo

ENDS

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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