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Monday Lecture: Real Birmingham Jewellery for the World and his Wife with Rupert Fisher

April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join heritage expert Rupert Fisher for this talk on the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.

Don’t Go Into The Cellar Presents… Lovecraft After Dark

April 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Allow the cosmic horror of Howard Philip Lovecraft to envelop your senses and blast your imagination! At any moment, the terrors of the Ancient Ones may be unleashed upon the world. The Elder Gods scrutinise our every deed, awaiting their opportunity to reclaim what was once theirs. Madness will be a blessing to those mere mortals who witness the crawling chaos soon to be released upon mankind! Jonathan Goodwin plays Cornelius Pike in Lovecraft After Dark. The show is scripted…

Literature Study Day: Émile Zola, Germinal (1884–5)

May 3 @ 10:15 am - 4:00 pm

Zola’s uncompromising novel engages with the pressures within a divided society, as well as being a intensely gripping story. It deserves a wider readership.

Tutankhamun: Facts, Fictions and the Mummy’s Curse with Dr Eleanor Dobson

May 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The discovery of the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun in 1922 is one of the best-known archaeological narratives of the modern age. The uncovering of the pharaoh's final resting place with its wealth of gilded artefacts was cause for much celebration both in Egypt and abroad. But within weeks of the king's burial chamber being opened, the man who financed the dig, the fifth Earl of Carnarvon, was dead. Around the world and fuelled by tales of vengeful spirits…

Monday Lecture: Marie-Louise Taylor

May 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A lecture and recital by professional pianist and piano teacher Marie-Louise Taylor.

Monday Lecture: Attwood – The Triumphs and the Tragedy with Roger Ward

May 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Born in 1783 in Halesowen, Thomas Attwood was partner in Attwood & Spooners Bank, appointed High Bailiff in 1812 and champion of the commercial community. A frustrated currency fanatic, he took up the cause of Parliamentary reform in 1830, founding and leading the Birmingham Political Union. Elected one of the town's first MPs in 1832, he became an early Chartist before resigning and going into obscurity in 1839. He died in Malvern in 1856, an almost forgotten figure.

Monday Lecture: What Do You Get From Diversity? with Jacqui Francis

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Details of this lecture to be confirmed.

Science Short: ‘Wire in the Blood’ with Sandy Robertson, Archivist for Webster & Horsfall Limited

June 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Webster & Horsfall is famous for the development and manufacture of steel wire and steel wire rope. Founded in Birmingham nearly 300 years ago it continues to produce steel wire today. The company has influenced world history in subtle but remarkable ways. It was founded before the age of steam and was amongst the first to use steam as a source of power. This talk will cover the history and development of its products which includes the manufacture of the…

Wenlock Abbey Through A Victorian Window: In The Cloisters With Artists, Politicians, Writers, Thinkers, Eccentrics… with Dr Cynthia Gamble and William Motley

June 15 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Medieval Wenlock Abbey/Priory nestles on the edge of the picturesque market town of Much Wenlock, in rural Shropshire. In this richly illustrated talk/double act, Dr Cynthia Gamble and William Motley reveal and bring to life some of the secrets of Wenlock Abbey/Priory and its central role in the 19th and 20th  centuries as a cultural hub steeped in the Arts and Crafts Movement. Discoveries include magnificent oratory linen curtains inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites and medieval missals; Angeli laudantes; tiles, screens…

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