Birmingham’s rich and diverse heritage is being celebrated with a week of activities, ranging from exhibitions and concerts through to trails and talks.
Taking place throughout the city from September 10 to 17, Birmingham Heritage Week has a programme of events and activities designed to give people of all ages a chance to learn about and celebrate Birmingham’s heritage in both an enlightening and entertaining way.
This includes exploring parts of the Birmingham not normally open to the public, taking part in walks, finding out about the history of key city landmarks and other activities designed to help people learn more about some of the events which helped make Birmingham what it is today.
Among the highlights will be a Civil War display by the Sealed Knot Society in Aston Park, a rare guided tour of Tyseley Locomotive Works, events around Birmingham Cathedral’s 300th anniversary, a talk and guided walk on the archaeology of Birmingham, a talk on the history of Birmingham’s park movement in Kings Heath Park and talks by eminent local figures such as Professor Carl Chinn and artist Vanley Burke.
Additionally, Birmingham Heritage Week also coincides with this year’s Heritage Open Days, which run from September 10 to 13 and form part of the UK’s biggest heritage festival.
Councillor Waseem Zaffar, chairman of the Heritage Week Steering Group, said: “Birmingham has an amazing heritage that needs to be celebrated and shared with those who live in the city as well as further afield.
“It’s also important to recognise the contribution made by Brummies that have helped shape this city and had an impact on the international stage. Our wish is that Birmingham Heritage Week will encourage Birmingham residents of all ages and backgrounds to come together to enjoy, as well as learn about, about our heritage.”
Further information on Birmingham Heritage Week, including a full list of events, can be found at www.birminghamculture.org/heritage-week.