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Unveiling of a Blue Plaque to Emma Barton

South and City College Digbeth Campus, High Street, Deritend

The Birmingham Civic Society invites you to attend the unveiling of a Blue Plaque to Emma Barton on Thursday 14th March 2024, at 10am. Emma Barton was a pioneering portrait photographer who came from a working class Birmingham background.  Beginning in the mid 1890s using simple equipment and often in her own home and featuring her family, she went on to exhibit at the Royal Photographic Society and was awarded their medal in 1903.  At the height of her career, Emma Barton was possibly the most published female photographer of her time. After the plaque has been unveiled it will be erected on South & City College's Digbeth Campus, the site of the photography studio where she learnt her skill. Please RSVP to the email below if you would like to attend.  Tea/Coffee and biscuits will be served. When: Thursday 14th March 2024, 10am Where: South & City College Digbeth Campus, High Street Deritend, Birmingham, B5 5SU. Location - RSVP: to by 5pm, Monday 11th March 2024 Please do not hesitate to contact the above if you require any further information. There is no car parking available at the venue.  On-street paid parking is available in Floodgate Street and Milk Street and other roads in the area.  There are pay and display car parks on Heath Mill Lane and the Zellig Car Park on High Street Deritend.  The area is served by NXWM bus routes numbers 6, 17, 50, 60, 97, X1 and X2.  New Street and Moor Street Railway Stations are a 10 minute walk.


A walk around historic Digbeth

St Martin's Edgbaston Street, Birmingham

Join historian Chris Rice for a stroll around Digbeth exploring some of the city's less familiar historic sights. The tour will trace the medieval origins of the city and its development during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The route includes Digbeth High Street, the Kennedy Memorial and the Custard Factory, the Old Crown Inn, Fazeley Street, and back along the Digbeth Branch Canal, past the Gun Barrel Proof House and Curzon Street Station. Starting point: Outside the front door of St Martin's in the Bull Ring Church £5 / Birmingham Civic Society members free. Book here

Bournville Women’s History Walk

Selly Manor Museum Maple Road, Bournville

Discover the often untold stories of the trailblazing women who led the way for change and have shaped Bournville and Birmingham into the areas we know today. We will shine a light on the stories of women like philanthropist Dame Elizabeth Cadbury, artist Mary Sargent Florence and trade unionist Julia Varley. Join India Wilson on this gentle stroll around Bournville. India is the Bournville Heritage Officer for Bournville Village Trust, delivering walking tours of Bournville and guided tours of Selly Manor Museum for both adults and children. The walk starts at Selly Manor Museum, Maple Road, Bournville, B30 2AE. This walk is delivered in partnership with Bournville Village Trust and Selly Manor Museum. £5 / Birmingham Civic Society members free. Book now