THE BIRMINGHAM & MIDLAND INSTITUTE
COVID reopening – in line with government advice we are back open from Monday 6 July
It’s been a long few months, but finally we are back open – ready and raring to welcome you all once again! During lockdown we have been busy with our preparations and adding a number of extra procedures to ensure the BMI is in the best possible condition.
For the safety of our members we are implementing a number of special members on reopening, including:
- A one-way system through the building, with sanitiser stations throughout.
- Increased levels of cleaning of the building.
- Reduced opening hours for the library: 10am–3pm, Monday–Friday.
The Institute has been at the heart of Birmingham’s cultural life for almost 170 years.
Founded by Act of Parliament in 1854 for the ‘Diffusion and Advancement of Science, Literature and Art amongst all Classes of Persons resident in Birmingham and Midland Counties’, the BMI is a membership organisation which has a thriving programme of cultural and educational activities, including a wide spectrum of arts and science lectures, exhibitions and concerts. Both members and the general public are encouraged to participate. The building is also a venue for many externally-organised events and can be booked for conferences and meetings.
The Institute also owns and runs the original Birmingham Library, founded in 1779. The Library collection is gradually growing by the regular purchase of new books, principally on the field of humanities and modern fiction.
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The Institute is a Grade II*- listed building, with a number of rooms and theatres available for hire. By hiring a room in our building, you are also contributing to the BMI’s charitable aims; revenue raised from room hire contributes to our cultural programme.
Come and join us for workshops, day schools, recitals and more! Available for both members and none members.
The BMI is also home to the original Birmingham Library that was founded in 1779 by John Lee, a button manufacturer who lived at 115 Snow Hill. This private lending library was reorganised in 1781 by Joseph Priestley, the pioneering chemist who discovered oxygen.