What we do

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

A number of committees are responsible for the work of the Society. Each is chaired by a Trustee and reports to the Society’s Board of Trustees. To find out more about each of the Committees please click on their link below.

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.

The Next Generation Awards Scheme is a highly successful Citizenship programme that has been run by the Birmingham Civic Society for the past fourteen years and we were extremely proud to be awarded winners of the Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community Category at the Education Awards in 2018 for the Next Generation Awards Programme.

  • 15th May 2020
    New citizenship home learning resources for schools
  • 31st January 2020
    Out of acorns… An update on Permission to Smile

Heritage

Birmingham Civic Society celebrates the people and places that have shaped our city and put it on the map.

The Society has prime responsibility in the city for the erection of Blue Plaques (a task it has fulfilled since the 1950s), each recognising an individual connected with Birmingham who has achieved greatness by, for example, making a significant contribution to their local community or excelling in their career. On average, some three plaques are erected each year, stimulating interest in a building or place and reminding passers-by of the city’s past.

  • 9th May 2020
    Embracing nature - Birmingham walks and trails
  • 18th-century book bound in red and gold
    6th April 2020
    Boulton's Baskerville family bible saved

Planning

Birmingham Civic Society pushes for quality design in the city’s built environment and public spaces which work for citizens.

Through our Planning Committee, the Society promotes the highest quality in the design of buildings and the public realm. We consider all areas of our built environment including planning, architecture, conservation, regeneration, urban design, transport and landscape architecture.

  • 7th June 2020
    A closer look at the planning committee
  • John Madin Calthorpe Estate masterplan
    10th March 2020
    William Haywood Award Nominee: John Madin for Calthorpe Estate...

Trees

Birmingham Civic Society plants trees to keep the city green, beautiful and breathing.

Today it is involved in the improvement of the City’s parks and open spaces through Birmingham Trees For Life (BTFL), a partnership between Birmingham City Council and The Birmingham Civic Society.

If you would like more information on Birmingham Trees for Life, and why trees matter, please visit www.btfl.org.uk, or for specific enquiries, email info@btfl.org.uk.

Read the BTFL Annual Review 2016-17 .

  • 9th May 2020
    Embracing nature - Birmingham walks and trails
  • 31st January 2020
    Mud, sun and fun to bring in the new...

Public Art

Birmingham Civic Society promotes and protects public art for all to enjoy. The Birmingham Civic Society Public Art Committee keeps a watchful eye on Birmingham’s existing public art.

The Public Art Committee was set up in 2002.  It keeps a watching brief on art in the public realm, owned by the city and also by corporate entities.  With the mandate from the trustees, it seeks to protect and enhance artworks in the public realm and to work with partners across the city, to ensure it is valued as part of our heritage and our future prosperity.

  • 9th May 2020
    Embracing nature - Birmingham walks and trails
  • 19th December 2019
    Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a very...