For a society to become affiliated to the BMI it must have aims consistent with those of the BMI as set out in the 1854 Act, namely, the “Diffusion and Advancement of Science, Literature and Art” and it will be asked to pay an annual Affiliation Fee.
In return, the society will qualify for a preferential discount of 25% on daytime room hire charges and 35% on evening bookings, in recognition of the contribution made by Affiliated Societies to the cultural life of the Institute.
Societies up to 25 members – £10.00
Societies between 26 and 50 members - £20.00
Societies between 51 and 100 members - £40.00
Societies between 101 and 150 members - £60.00
Societies between 151 and 200 members - £80.00 with an additional £1.00 per member thereafter.
It is recognised that the number of active members is not always easily arrived at, and it is therefore possible for societies to discuss the appropriate Affiliation Fee with the Administrator of the Institute.
Registered charities will be offered a 15% discount. This is NOT in addition to the discounts available to Affiliated Societies.
Affiliation fees are payable on the 1st July of each year.
Meetings of Affiliated Societies
The Alliance of Literary Societies
The Alliance of Literary Societies AGM is hosted each year by a member society celebrating an anniversary, and anyone interested in literature is welcome.
Contact: Hon. Sec. Rosemary Culley, 22 Belmont Grove, Havant, Hants, PO9 3PU.
Tel: 023 9247 5855, Fax: 0870 056 0330, Web: www.sndc.demon.co.uk/als.htm
Birmingham Philatelic Association
Meetings held most Wednesdays at 6.30pm.
Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry
A friendly society formed to further the study of family history and heraldry. Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month (excluding August) at 7.30pm at the BMI. Visitors are always welcome.
For more information please contact the General Secretary, Mrs Jackie Cotterill at:
5 Sanderling Court
Tel No. 01562 743912
British Russian Society (Midlands)
Society for people with an interest in Russia and Eastern Europe. Meetings are held approximately every 2 months at the BMI. These usually involve a guest speaker. For further information contact Heather Haslett on 01926 429 254.
British Milton Seminar
BMS is a scholarly society which meets twice yearly.
For further information contact Mr P A Fisher at the Birmingham and Midland Institute on 0121 236 3591.
The Central Literary Association
Meetings are held at the BMI in the Woodward room on the first Thursday of the month at 6.30pm. There are no meetings in January, February and August.
Vistors are always welcome.
For further details please telephone:
L. Brannon on 0121 552 7856 or M. Line on 0121 554 8600.
Website: The Central Literary Association
Meetings held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.00pm.
Contact Mrs D Ward (Secretary) on 0121 357 6593
Rambles are held on the first and third Saturdays of the month.
Details are available from B Owen on 0121 440 0650
Midland Spaceflight Society
An informal group of space enthusiasts.
More info please visit www.midspace.org.uk
Moseley and District United Nations Association
Moseley and District UNA is part of the Central Region of UNA.
Society for the History of Astronomy
The Society has recently opened the Sir Robert Ball Library at the Institute. The Society is the UK’s national society in this field, and its library at the BMI, is its national reference library.
For more details write to the SHA at
26 Matlock Road, Bloxwich, Walsall, WS3 6QD.
(Please enclose an SAE).
Society of Bookbinders
An organisation dedicated to the promotion of skills and knowledge in the craft of bookbinding. Founded in 1974 and with a current membership of some 750. The Society welcomes all with an interest in the hand made book, both professional and amateur. Activities are arranged regionally and typically range from workshop and practical demonstrations, to visits to major libraries, binders and craft suppliers. Nationally the Society organises a major biennial Conference offering lectures and master classes by internationally renowned figures in the bookbinding world. Other one and two day classes are offered at other times.
The Society’s library of books about bookbinding and related arts is housed at the Birmingham and Midland Institute. Further information and membership can be found at www.societyofbookbinders.com
The Magic Lantern Society
The Society was formed in 1976 to give those interested in pre-cinema history (the magic lantern, optical toys and related ephemera) a forum in which to meet, a framework for research and encouragement in conversation and documentation.
The Society holds four meetings each year, one of which is usually held at the BMI. In addition, the Society has also used this venue to hold three day international conventions.
For further information visit www.magiclantern.org.uk