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Study Day – George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871)

November 22 @ 10:15 am - 4:00 pm

On the day of what would have been George Eliot’s 200th birthday (had she lived so long) we shall tackle what is generally agreed to be her finest novel. Shall we be tempted to endorse Noël Coward’s view shall that “she was a dull, morose, humourless lady with more than a touch of genius”? At the very least we shall be inclined to agree with Michael Gove that Middlemarch is superior to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels. To attend this event,…

Monday Lecture 25 Nov: Rowena Lyon – Middlemore

November 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Between 1873-1948 around 6,000 destitute children were emigrated from the Birmingham Children’s Emigration Homes, to Canada. Some went to work on farms in the remote backwoods while others went to The Fairbridge Farm School. Described as “gutter children or street Arabs” they lived in desperate conditions in the slum streets of the city and faced a bleak future. Sir John Middlemore, founder of the Homes, hoped to save these children from a life of grime, crime and poverty, while at…

BMI Live 2019

November 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Project Overview BMI Live is designed to encourage young artists and performers to devise original literature shows and generate new responses to The Birmingham and Midland Institute. This is an artist-led project, an opportunity to create more performances and platforms in Birmingham - a youth-led, innovative showcase which will eventually take its place among the strongest cultural offerings in the city. The shows will aim to present the following ideas: Work that explores themes of history, architecture, education, exclusion and…

Study Days – Shakespeare, King John (c.1595)

November 29 @ 10:15 am - 4:00 pm

The Royal Shakespeare Company is ensuring that an oft-neglected text gets considerable measure of attention by making it the only Shakespeare play that they will be presenting over the Christmas period in either of their theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon. 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 2 Dec: Dr Trevor James – The Saintly landscapes of the West Midlands

December 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dr Trevor James will introduce his current research into the underlying pattern of saintly evidence that still surrounds us.

Monday Lecture 9 Dec: James Dawson – An Introduction to Astronomy

December 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Humans have marvelled at the nights sky for millennia and continue to do so today.  James Dawson will talk about what the modern amateur astronomer can achieve from their own back garden.

Study Day – Holiday Reading?

December 13 @ 10:15 am - 4:00 pm

We shall recommend novels by Julia Barnes, Johnathon Coe, Lindsay Davis, Natalie Haynes, Ian McEwan, Joseph O’Connor and Preti Taneja amongst others as suggested reading for winter evenings. We shall also include a few poems … and some excellent DVDs. 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

Dickensian Xmas Open Day

December 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come along to our Dickensian Christmas Open Day on 14th December, 10am-4pm 🎄. We have a wide range of artists and artisans ready and willing to sell you their wares, just in time for Santa! There will be two performances of A Christmas Carol, carol singing, poetry readings and much more.  Fun for the whole family!! Free entry with no need to book, just turn up and get Festive !! There will even be coffee & mince pies on offer.

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