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Study Day – In the shadow of Depardieu and Deneuve?

April 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Although French cinema may have established a reputation for offering heartthrobs and sirens, their leading actors have developed a remarkable range led perhaps by Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve with over 400 films between them. We shall pay tribute to their achievement, but go on to examine what some of their successors have contributed to an industry that resolutely retains its own identity and distinctive merit. To attend this event, please book directly with organisers Dr Pamela Mason & Keith…

Monday Lecture – 6th April, Professor Roger Ward: Joseph Chamberlain’s last unauthorised programme: Tariff reform

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

in two lectures in 2019 Professor Ward examined conflicting ideas of political economy in nineteenth century Birmingham.  In this lecture he will examine Chamberlain's conversion from Manchester School ideology to the idea of a reassertion of a Birmingham School more attuned to an era imperial rivalry & international economic competition. His tariff reform campaign, abortive though it was, had immense political repercussions.

Easter Afternoon Tea

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us in our wonderful coffee lounge for our first Easter Afternoon Tea. There will be a lovely selection of freshly made finger sandwiches, cakes and scones to go alongside a pot, or two of tea.  All served in our delightful coffee lounge here at the BMI. Afternoon tea costs £14pp and places are limited so please ensure you book to avoid any disappointment. Please call Dan on 0121 236 3591 or email daniel@bmi.org.uk to book your perfect  start to…

Study Day – Shakespeare , The Comedy of Errors (1594) & The Winter’s Tale (1611)

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The tribulations of those boys from Syracuse become the excuse for riotous comedy, whereas the fevered imaginings of the King of Sicilia have tragic consequences. Nevertheless, although these two plays come at opposite ends of Shakespeare’s career, they share one intriguing factor that is to be found nowhere else amongst his plays. Join us to find out what it is! To attend this event, please book directly with organisers Dr Pamela Mason & Keith Parsons at studydays@deliveringshakespeare.com   £21 non-members.…

The War & Momi’s Dream

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on April 25, 2020 at 7:00pm

This event sees the projection of Segundo de Chomon’s silent The War and Momi’s Dream (1917) - thought to be the first Italian animated movie. The screening will be accompanied by an original soundtrack composed by Michele Catania and performed by a four-piece chamber music ensemble with pianist Ginevra Paniati conducting cellist Ursula Miethe, Flutist Arjun Jethwa and clarinetist Kaethe Uken. We are happy to inform you that this 42-minutes long projection is suitable for families ! For tickets please…

The War & Momi’s Dream

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on April 25, 2020 at 7:00pm

This event sees the projection of Segundo de Chomon’s silent The War and Momi’s Dream (1917) - thought to be the first Italian animated movie. The screening will be accompanied by an original soundtrack composed by Michele Catania and performed by a four-piece chamber music ensemble with pianist Ginevra Paniati conducting cellist Ursula Miethe, Flutist Arjun Jethwa and clarinetist Kaethe Uken. We are happy to inform you that this 42-minutes long projection is suitable for families ! For tickets please…

Monday Lecture – 4th May, Dr Helen Davies:The freak show in Victorian Birmingham: The strange case of Millie and Christine

May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Millie and Christine McCoy were African American conjoined twins, born into slavery in America’s Deep South in 1851. They were stolen from their family at an early age, and trafficked around North America and Europe until being discovered on exhibition in Birmingham. This talk explores their extraordinary life, and focuses upon the sensational coverage of their rescue in the Birmingham local press. What can the strange case of Millie and Christine tell us about attitudes towards gender, race, and bodily…

Study Days – Jane Austen, Persuasion (1817)

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

It is fifteen years – which is far too long – since we last devoted a day to Jane Austen’s final (and best?) novel. Naval matters, marriages, social aspirations and rivalry between sisters are the frame for a focus upon the pernicious effects of over-persuasion with deeply-felt emotional consequences before a happy resolution. To attend this event, please book directly with organisers Dr Pamela Mason & Keith Parsons at studydays@deliveringshakespeare.com   £21 non-members. £20 for BMI Members

Monday Lecture – 11th May, Dr Brian Dakin: Our best kept secret. Charlie’s Life Story

May 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dr Brian Dakin is Aston University lecturer and using spoken word as well as performance, he will introduce you to one of our "Best kept secrets."  Charlie "Chas" Grigg lived in the Black Country his whole life, but what he gave to the world spanned way beyond.  Charlie was the the illustrator of the beloved Beano & Dandy comic books.  He also designed many of the "Naughty" Seaside Postcards we are so used to seeing. There will be a collection…

Monday Lecture – 18th May, Stephen Hartland: From Georgian town to Victorian city

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Stephen will take us on a journey across an hundred years, describing the development of the Birmingham streetscape from a Georgian Town to a powerful Victorian City.

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