Birmingham Civic Society is delighted to have secured funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the W A Cadbury Charitable Trust to produce three new Birmingham heritage trail leaflets for Birmingham citizens and visitors to enjoy.
The two city centre trails will provide an accessible introduction to the city’s heritage and will highlight the history and architecture of the townscape from the Middle Ages to the present day, as well as the contributions of some of its most famous citizens. The trails will cover the both the civic and commercial quarters, as well as Digbeth and Deritend.
The third trail – a new Birmingham Women’s Heritage Trail – will be developed and produced in conjunction with Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid to ensure the contribution of brilliant women is brought to the forefront of our heritage.
Alongside the trails the project will also include a programme of public activities – talks, tours, workshops, music and drama and community and family events – that explore different aspects of the city’s heritage. The events programme will be delivered in conjunction with a variety of local organisations and venues across the city in order to reach as many people as possible to celebrate our city.
The third strand of the project will be to design and produce four new blue plaques to famous Brummies and to refurbish and repaint around 10 of the society’s older existing blue plaques so that they are once again fully legible for people to experience.
Last but not least the society will commission a short film exploring aspects of the city’s heritage.
Prof Michael Butler of Aston Business School and Chairman of the Civic Society, said ‘We are thrilled to be delivering a project which will not only enable people to discover more about the history of Birmingham but also encourage them to actively engage with the city’s future.’
Anna Fawcett, from Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid, said ‘This is a fantastic project to be involved with – and we are particularly pleased to be working in partnership with BCS to highlight the contribution of the many extraordinary women who have helped to shape our great city.’
These range of projects will complement the existing offering to our members, without whom the Society would not exist. To find out more about membership and how you can be part of the Birmingham Civic Society visit https://www.birminghamcivicsociety.org.uk/why-you-should-join-the-civic-society/.