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  • 29th August 2018
    Civic Voice Conference countdown
  • eco-fest
    29th August 2018
    Join BTfL at Eco Fest
  • 29th August 2018
    Summer events round up
  • Birmingham Heritage Week
    29th August 2018
    Birmingham Heritage Week is back!
  • 29th August 2018
    Subscriptions renewals due
  • BeatFreeks Brum Youth Trends Summit
    29th August 2018
    Brum Youth Trends Summit
  • 29th August 2018
    Feeney Fellowships
  • 30th July 2018
    Meet your new Chair Elect
  • 30th July 2018
    Next Generation Awards finalists announced!
  • 30th July 2018
    Birmingham 6th CSR Summit
  • 30th July 2018
    Sir Gilbert Barling’s hatchment erected in St Augustine’s
  • 30th July 2018
    The City Beautiful meets Divine Beauty
  • 30th July 2018
    BTfL introduce ‘follow-up’ sessions for schools
  • 30th July 2018
    Let’s get judging! – by Anne-Marie Hayes, Planning Committee...
  • 30th July 2018
    Ticket to Ride
  • 30th July 2018
    2018 Centenary Renaissance Award recipients announced!
  • 28th June 2018
    Centenary events this month
  • 28th June 2018
    Vintage Trains Open Weekend
  • 28th June 2018
    Civic Voice Annual Conference is coming to Birmingham!
  • 28th June 2018
    City Heritage Trail
  • 28th June 2018
    History Plaque unveiled at Northfield Library
  • Film Project Montage
    28th June 2018
    Young people’s film projects update
  • 28th June 2018
    A perfect day for a picnic
  • 28th June 2018
    We are 100 years old... ...here's to the next...
  • 30th May 2018
    Queen Victoria visits Birmingham
  • 30th May 2018
    Team ‘FORWARD…slowly’ are quiz winners
  • 30th May 2018
    Civic Society Centenary Arboretum takes shape
  • 18th May 2018
    Victoria’s Square
  • 4th May 2018
    National Volunteers Week and The City Beautiful
  • 26th April 2018
    Congratulations!
  • 26th April 2018
    George Cadbury named Greatest Brummie
  • 26th April 2018
    Volunteer as an NCS Pitch Advsior
  • 26th April 2018
    HSBC work hard at Senneleys Park!
  • Big Brum Buz
    26th April 2018
    The Big Brum Buz has taken its last tour
  • 26th April 2018
    Centenary events this month
  • 26th April 2018
    Volunteer as an NGA Assessor
  • 26th April 2018
    On stage at Symphony Hall
  • 6th April 2018
    The Archives of Birmingham Civic Society by Fiona Tait,...
  • 28th March 2018
    Centenary walks, talks and family activities in April
  • Birmingham City Council Tree Policy
    28th March 2018
    Birmingham City Council Tree Policy
  • Jason Hall
    28th March 2018
    Our Instagram pick this month
  • 28th March 2018
    Centenary 2018 Renaissance Award Shortlist Announced
  • BCS-Centenary-Logo-web
    22nd March 2018
    Citizenship Committee launches Centenary Spaces
  • 12th March 2018
    Co-ordinating Birmingham Civic Society Blue Plaques - by...
  • 1st March 2018
    Mini Blue Plaques
  • 27th February 2018
    2018 Spring Reception: on stage at Symphony Hall
  • Renaissance-Award-2018-Image-web
    27th February 2018
    2018 Centenary Renaissance Award
  • Sir Gilbert Barling
    27th February 2018
    Blue Plaque to our first Chairman unveiled
  • BCS-Centenary-Logo-web
    27th February 2018
    Meet our centenary filmmakers
  • St Mary's Hospice Forget-Me-Not
    27th February 2018
    Forget Me Not
  • Support-our-Next-Generation-Awards
    27th February 2018
    Support the Next Generation Awards
  • 27th February 2018
    A fascinating tour
  • antiques fair
    27th February 2018
    Antiques for Everyone Spring Fair
  • Kate_Bunce_blue_plaque_unveiling_web
    27th February 2018
    Blue Plaque people
  • St Philips Cathedral
    27th February 2018
    Our Instagram pick this month
  • 30th January 2018
    2018 Centenary Renaissance Award
  • Sir Gilbert Barling
    30th January 2018
    Join us at the unveiling of a Blue Plaque...
  • 30th January 2018
    Unveiling of a Blue Plaque to George Hunt (1892-1960)...
  • 30th January 2018
    We’re on Instagram!
  • 30th January 2018
    BTfL joined by young tree planters
  • 30th January 2018
    New British express steam train operating company could be...
  • 30th January 2018
    Would more friendliness help Birmingham?
  • 30th January 2018
    Meet Mrs History
  • 29th November 2017
    Our 2017 AGM
  • 29th November 2017
    ‘The City Beautiful’ Centenary launch
  • 29th November 2017
    Lottery backing for our Centenary Celebrations
  • Rays-wood
    29th November 2017
    ‘Ray’s Wood’ takes shape
  • 29th November 2017
    Annual Leaders’ Breakfast
  • 29th November 2017
    Derek M P Lea
  • Penny Colbourne
    29th November 2017
    Meet Penny Colbourne
  • King-Solomon's-Frieze
    29th November 2017
    King Solomon’s Frieze will hopefully be saved
  • 29th November 2017
    We comment on the Birmingham Design Guide
  • William Gear RA FRSA RBSA
    29th November 2017
    William Gear RA FRSA RBSA (1917-1997)
  • 27th November 2017
    Lord Mayor plants Birmingham Trees for Life’s 70,000th...
  • 10th November 2017
    Impact Case Study submitted to Chartered Association of Business...
  • 31st October 2017
    2017 AGM and Centenary launch
  • leaders-breakfast
    31st October 2017
    Join Ian Ward at our Leader's Breakfast
  • 31st October 2017
    Birmingham: a real city of culture?
  • Pig-and-tail pub
    31st October 2017
    2016 Renaissance Award to the Pig & Tail unveiled
  • 31st October 2017
    Concern for our Conservation Areas
  • 31st October 2017
    An eventful Civic Voice Convention
  • 31st October 2017
    Call for new committee members
  • 31st October 2017
    Colour and Form: William Gear
  • 31st October 2017
    Antiques for Everyone Winter Fair
  • 9th October 2017
    Students from King Edward VI Camp Hill School for...
  • Civic-voice
    29th September 2017
    Civic Voice Regional Forum comes to Birmingham
  • andy-street-bbap
    29th September 2017
    BBAP: ‘In conversation’ with Andy Street
  • 60K tree BTFL staff shot
    29th September 2017
    BTfL seeks new committee members
  • Next Generation Awards 2017
    28th September 2017
    Next Generation Awards finals
  • Leaders' breakfast
    28th September 2017
    Business as usual for our Leaders’ Breakfast
  • 28th September 2017
    A memorable tour for the start of Heritage Week
  • 28th September 2017
    Your Society needs you!
  • BTfL welcomes the autumn equinox
    28th September 2017
    BTfL welcomes the autumn equinox
  • TEDxYouth@Brum – Courage
    28th September 2017
    TEDxYouth@Brum – Courage: find your brave
  • 28th September 2017
    New member welcome
  • 30th August 2017
    Brum’s Big Conservation Area Buz Tour
  • 30th August 2017
    Birmingham: a real city of culture?
  • 30th August 2017
    Next Generation Awards finals
  • 30th August 2017
    Birmingham Heritage Week: our stories, our heritage
  • 30th August 2017
    HS2 city centre construction update
  • 30th August 2017
    Conservation Area Review – our initial response
  • andy-street-bbap
    30th August 2017
    BBAP: ‘In conversation’ with Andy Street
  • 30th August 2017
    Birmingham 6th CSR Summit: Tech for Good!
  • 30th August 2017
    East End Foods Charity Gala Dinner
  • 30th August 2017
    Booking now open for Leader’s Breakfast
  • winchester chapel
    27th July 2017
    Civic Voice 2017 Design Awards winners announced
  • Culture Card
    27th July 2017
    New Culture Card launched by Brumpic
  • 27th July 2017
    Summer Reception with Marc Reeves
  • Turves Green Girls at Newman
    27th July 2017
    NGA finalists announced
  • 29th June 2017
    Subscription Renewals
  • 29th June 2017
    Backstage tour of The REP
  • 29th June 2017
    Congratulations
  • 29th June 2017
    Citizenship at the Grass Roots
  • Caroline Durbin
    29th June 2017
    Meet Caroline Durbin
  • 29th June 2017
    Here’s to Civic Pride!
  • Highbury Hall
    27th June 2017
    St Mary’s Hospice hosts Legacy Luncheon at Highbury
  • Civic Voice Vice-President says we need to make conservation a national issue and calls on communities to join the Civic Voice Big Conservation Conversation
    30th May 2017
    Civic Voice Vice-President says we need to make conservation...
  • Lapworth Museum of Geology shortlisted for Art Fund Museum Of The Year 2017
    30th May 2017
    Lapworth Museum of Geology shortlisted for Art Fund Museum...
  • 30th May 2017
    A wonderful legacy from Ray
  • 30th May 2017
    New opportunity: Comms & PR support
  • 30th May 2017
    Forgotten Local Hero and Olympic Gold Medallist Honoured With...
  • 27th April 2017
    West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Sidestreets Silversmiths
    27th April 2017
    Sidestreets & Silversmiths
  • 27th April 2017
    Presentation to Dr. Nick Venning by Dr. Michael JR...
  • 27th April 2017
    Susan Philipsz: Station Clock
  • Pig & Tale
    27th April 2017
    2016 Renaissance Award: Planning Committee Report and Recommendations
  • 27th April 2017
    Chairman’s Spring update
  • CBSO
    30th March 2017
    Out to lunch with the CBSO
  • 30th March 2017
    ‘The City Beautiful’ - Centenary logo competition
  • Lord Mayor at Cofton Launch
    30th March 2017
    Official launch of BTfL’s partnership with the Woodland Trust
  • 30th March 2017
    Councillor Ray Hassall
  • East End Foods
    27th February 2017
    A warm welcome to East End Foods
  • Electric History Plate
    27th February 2017
    History Plate to The Electric Cinema
  • 30th January 2017
    Post-war architecture update
  • 30th January 2017
    Temporary reprieve for the Broad Street tree
  • 30th January 2017
    Birmingham Civic Society joins Civic Voice
  • 30th January 2017
    DBS Law helps boost membership
  • 30th January 2017
    BTfL contributes to the air pollution debate
  • 30th January 2017
    Follow our Next Generation
  • 30th January 2017
    Happy Birthday Birmingham’s Victorian Society!
  • 30th January 2017
    Welcome
  • 19th December 2016
    Support sought for innovative exhibition via Kickstarter campaign
  • 19th December 2016
    Post-war architecture
  • 29th November 2016
    Mentoring the Next Generation
  • 29th November 2016
    Something Good - measures of us
  • 29th November 2016
    Brilliant BBC Studios tour to end the year
  • Meet your new trustees
    29th November 2016
    Meet your new Trustees
  • 2016 AGM
    28th November 2016
    AGM 2016: Birmingham Civic Society
  • renaissance-award-2016-nominations
    28th November 2016
    2016 Renaissance Award nominations
  • 28th November 2016
    BTfL’s tree planting season underway
  • 28th November 2016
    Birmingham Civic Society Leader’s Breakfast
  • 28th November 2016
    Matching Talent
  • 28th November 2016
    An ideal Christmas Gift
  • 27th October 2016
    The Great Stone of Northfield
  • 27th October 2016
    Inaugural Chairman’s Debate
  • 27th October 2016
    A ‘Grand’ night out
  • 27th October 2016
    Trafalgar Day
  • 27th October 2016
    Our 2016 NGA winner
  • 27th October 2016
    Save Broad Street’s only remaining mature tree
  • Smallbrook Queensway
    27th October 2016
    Preserve Smallbrook Queensway’s 1960s style
  • 27th September 2016
    Birmingham: The Workshop of the World
  • 27th September 2016
    A great evening out
  • 27th September 2016
    Next Generation Award Finals
  • 30th August 2016
    2016 Next Generation Award Finals
  • 30th August 2016
    BTfL appoint Development Officer
  • 30th August 2016
    Visit the BBC Studios
  • 30th August 2016
    Your Society needs you!
  • 30th August 2016
    Stirchley Baths Renaissance Award unveiled
  • 30th August 2016
    Save our conservation areas
  • 28th July 2016
    Volunteers needed as WWI memorial programme comes to Birmingham
  • 28th July 2016
    Excellent visit to ‘Our Shakespeare’ exhibition
  • 28th July 2016
    Next Generation Award: finalists announced
  • Smithfield Masterplan
    28th July 2016
    Smithfield Masterplan Consultation
  • 29th June 2016
    Chairman's letter
  • 29th June 2016
    An excellent evening at Birmingham Cathedral
  • History Plate to Birmingham Moseley Rugby
    29th June 2016
    History Plate to Birmingham Moseley Rugby
  • 26th May 2016
    Congratulations!
  • 26th May 2016
    St Basils 2016 Challenge
  • 26th May 2016
    Become a school governor
  • 26th May 2016
    Final event of the BTfL tree planting season
  • 26th May 2016
    Could you be our next Honorary Treasurer?
  • 26th May 2016
    BBAP Carnival Masquerade Ball
  • 26th May 2016
    A private tour of ‘Our Shakespeare’
  • 26th May 2016
    Explore Birmingham Cathedral
  • 26th May 2016
    An excellent 2016 Spring Reception
  • 28th April 2016
    Secret Birmingham tour
  • Building two blue plaques
    28th April 2016
    Which building has two Blue Plaques?
  • New BTfL collaboration with The Woodland Trust
    28th April 2016
    New BTfL collaboration with The Woodland Trust
  • Birmingham Post Power 250
    28th April 2016
    Birmingham Post Power 250
  • Stirchley Baths wins 2015 Renaissance Award
    28th April 2016
    Stirchley Baths wins 2015 Renaissance Award
  • Chairman's Update from Gavin Orton Birmingham Civic Society
    28th April 2016
    Chairman’s update
  • Our Next Generation Awards move forward
    5th April 2016
    Our Next Generation Awards move forward
  • Assay Office
    3rd April 2016
    Assay Office and the School Yard, Harborne shortlisted
  • BPN Architects win Woodland Challenge
    3rd April 2016
    BPN Architects win Woodland Challenge
  • 29th March 2016
    A new future for Cadbury Barn
  • 29th March 2016
    Thank you Lord Mayor
  • 29th March 2016
    Help shape the future of your Society
  • 29th March 2016
    Why did Nelson visit Birmingham in 1802?
  • 29th February 2016
    An audience with John Clancy
  • 29th February 2016
    Return of The Auk
  • 29th February 2016
    Centenary plans update
  • 28th January 2016
    Bringing the George and Dragon back to Life
  • 28th January 2016
    Speeches that changed Britain - Oratory in Birmingham
  • 22nd January 2016
    Birmingham’s Public Art Strategy 2015-19 launched
  • 22nd January 2016
    Introduce a friend
  • 22nd January 2016
    Our 2015 AGM
  • 22nd January 2016
    Annual Leader’s Breakfast
  • 22nd January 2016
    BTfL plant their 50,000th tree!
  • 18th November 2015
    On the 10th June 2018, Birmingham Civic Society celebrates...
  • 5th November 2015
    Commemorating Trafalgar Day
  • 5th November 2015
    Nominate your 2015 Renaissance Award
  • 5th November 2015
    Our 2015 Next Generation Award Winners
  • 5th November 2015
    2014 Renaissance Award Winners
  • 1st November 2015
    Blue Plaque to Kate Bunce unveiled as part of...
  • 7th October 2015
    Something Good
  • 1st October 2015
    Not so new New Street Station
  • 1st October 2015
    New John Lewis Birmingham store supports Birmingham Trees for...
  • 1st October 2015
    Our 2014 Renaissance Award to the Coffin Works unveiled
  • 1st October 2015
    Lord Whitby of Harborne unveils our second 2014 Renaissance...
  • 12th September 2015
    Blue Plaque to Kate Bunce unveiled as part of...
  • 1st September 2015
    BBC at the Summer Reception
  • Flood defences as Art
    1st August 2015
    Help turn flood defences into works of art
  • 1st August 2015
    A new contemporary souvenir range for Birmingham
  • 1st August 2015
    Birmingham Conservation Trust needs your help!
  • Joe Godwin – Director of the BBC Academy/BBC Birmingham
    1st August 2015
    BBC at the Summer Reception
  • Gavin Orton - BCS Chairman
    1st August 2015
    Meet your new Chairman
  • University of Birmingham’s new library topping out ceremony
    1st July 2015
    University of Birmingham’s new library topping out ceremony
  • BCS debate
    1st July 2015
    Provoking lively debate
  • 1st July 2015
    Gateley donates £20,000 to the Birmingham Big Art Project
  • Nechells-Parkway
    1st June 2015
    Birmingham People and Change in the Inner City
  • 1st June 2015
    Renaissance Award winners triumph at the 2015 RICS West...
  • Katie Kershaw - BYPY Winner 2015
    1st June 2015
    Birmingham Young Professional of the Year is Katie Kershaw
  • 1st June 2015
    Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show!
  • 1st June 2015
    The Lord Mayor’s Show
  • 21st May 2015
    Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces Unlocked
  • Big Tree Plant
    1st May 2015
    Record year of tree planting for BTfL
  • 1st May 2015
    BCS Planning Committee comment on the Snow Hill Masterplan
  • 1st April 2015
    Thank you Deutsche Bank
  • 27th February 2015
    UK war memorials website launched
  • 29th January 2015
    Birmningham Cathedral Celebrates 300 Years
  • 18th November 2014
    Birmingham Big Art Project raise £13,000
Latest event
  • City Centre Walking Tour with Blue Badge Guide Ian Jelf
Centenary blog
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Citizenship

The Next Generation Awards has been designed to engage Birmingham’s young people and encourage them to become active citizens that contribute positively to Birmingham’s future.

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Heritage

Our Heritage Committee erect the Blue Plaques you see across our city honouring the people and places that have made it what it is today.

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Planning

Birmingham Civic Society considers all aspects of the built environment relating to planning, architecture, conservation and the public realm.

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Trees

Trees matter; they improve the landscape, contribute to our overall health and well-being, and reduce pollution and flooding.

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Public Art

The Society Public Art Committee keeps a watchful eye on Birmingham’s existing public art.

For 100 years, Birmingham Civic Society has worked to make Birmingham a better place for everyone. We are a membership body made up from a wide range of volunteers who encourage community engagement and promote pride in our city.

Our work involves many activities some of which include:

  • Improving our green spaces through delivering the Birmingham Trees for Life scheme
  • Inspiring the minds of young people through our Next Generation Awards
  • Promoting and improving our built environment, architecture and public art
  • Celebrating the heritage of our city by installing Blue Plaques and History Plates

Working together to make Birmingham a better place for everyone since 1918

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