Site tour for library faces

By on 10/08/2012 in Culture, Deputy Leader, News

The Faces of the Library of Birmingham this week met with deputy leader of Birmingham City Council Ian Ward and were given an exclusive tour of the inside of the building site by contractor Carillion.

The Faces saw for themselves how work has been progressing on some of the Library's most striking  features, including the impressive Book Rotunda at the heart of the new building, the 300 seat studio theatre and the environmentally-controlled “golden box” that will store and protect the library's internationally important archive collections.

Cllr Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “All of the Faces of the Library of Birmingham were selected due to their passion for libraries and each embodies the many different roles that libraries play in people's lives.

“The Faces are helping spread word that we are building the library of the future right here in Birmingham and bring the library to life in their own communities across the city and beyond.”

The group included teenage radio presenter Shaun Baxter, actor and astrophysicist David Ault and Bhangra expert Gursh Chana.

The final group of Faces of the Library of Birmingham was announced in May 2012 and there are now 26 in total - one for every letter of the alphabet.

The full list of 'Faces' who attended is:

Andre and Imarni Hesson from Great Barr
Frank Sidney Smith from Maypole
Wal Warmington from Edgbaston
Steven Woodhouse and Trevor Boddington from Birmingham
Thomas O'Flaherty, from Hockley
Gary Baker from Sutton Coldfield
Ian Myatt from Sutton Coldfield
Eunice McGhie-Belgrave from Stetchford
David Ault from Walsall
Dr John Blewitt from Malvern
Matthew Tye from Handsworth
Seyi Kolade from Harborne
Shaun Baxter from Handsworth
Gursh Chana from Great Barr

Information on all the Faces can be found at


For more information or photos please contact Four Colman Getty
Matt Railton – / 020 3023 9947
Laura Norton - 020 3023 9905

Notes to editors

About the Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham will be a major new cultural destination, rewriting the book for 21st century public libraries. It opens in 2013.

The Library of Birmingham will provide a showcase for the city's internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books. New facilities including state-of-the-art gallery space will open up public access to the collections for the first time. It will also be home to a BFI Mediatheque, providing free access to the National Film Archive. Other facilities will include a new flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and other informal performance spaces, a recording studio, and dedicated spaces for children and teenagers. By harnessing new technology, everyone from Birmingham to Beijing, Bangalore and beyond will be able to access the Library of Birmingham's world-class resources. More than three million visitors are expected each year, and millions more online.

Described by its architect Francine Houben as a 'people's palace', the Library of Birmingham will be highly accessible and family-friendly. It will deliver excellent services through collaboration between the library, The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, partners and communities. It will provide a dynamic mix of events, activities and performance together with outstanding resources, exhibitions and access to expert help for learning, information and culture. As a centre of excellence for literacy, research, study, skills development, entrepreneurship, creative expression, health information and much more, the Library of Birmingham will change people's lives.

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