Open days showcase Birmingham's heritage

By on 05/09/2012 in News

Birmingham will be taking part in the national Heritage Open Days this weekend to celebrate the city's diverse history and heritage.

City Heritage Champion Councillor Phil Davis said: “Birmingham is one of the birthplaces of the modern world. It has some truly outstanding historic buildings, world-class museums and archive collections, and fantastically diverse communities whose cultural heritage has enriched that of the city.”

Councillor Davis wants to use the Heritage Open Days (Thursday 6 - Sunday 9 September) to highlight the city's diverse – and often hidden – heritage.

“Heritage Open Days are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the city's history. A whole host of historic attractions and other sites will be opening their doors for free, demonstrating the sheer breadth and depth of the city's heritage offer. Highlights include free admissions to most of the city's charging museums, free walking tours plus the Big Brum Buz, as well as a chance to visit numerous historic buildings including places of worship, dovecotes, coffin fitting works and gardens,” he said.

Councillor Davis was appointed to the role of Heritage Champion earlier this year following the May local elections.

His main role is to renew the city's five year Heritage Strategy, the current version of which expires at the end of this year.

He added: “The original Heritage Strategy has been extremely effective in preserving elements of Birmingham's heritage, not least by ensuring the City Council prioritises its major heritage projects. However, going forward I want to broaden its remit to include all of the bodies in the city who have an interest in heritage, not just the City Council.

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