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Birmingham and Midland Institute

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9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
1212363591 www.bmi.org.uk

September 2019

Saturday 14 September – 21 September – BHHS ‘The Lost Children’ Exhibition

September 14 @ 12:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on September 21, 2019 at 2:00pm

Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Between 1873 – 1948 around 6,000 destitute children were sent from the Birmingham Children’s Emigration Homes in Highgate, to live with farmers in the backwoods of Canada. Some were only three years old; the majority were aged seven to eleven. Described at the time as “gutter children” or “street Arabs” they lived in desperate conditions in the slum streets of the city and were the children of the poorest families. The children spent up to a year at the Emigration…

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Saturday 14 September – ‘A Sample of the Spirit of the Place’ Heritage Open Day

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Explore the Birmingham and Midland Institute and celebrate 25 years of Heritage Open Days! Enjoy access to our Grade II* listed members’ institute and library, and delight in family-friendly activities such as live theatre performances throughout the day, historical writing workshops, drawing and craft areas, vintage book sales, our local history fair and more! Pick up a vintage book, enjoy a cake at the bake sale and donate to the BMI.

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Saturday 14 September – 21 September – BHHS ‘The Lost Children’ Exhibition

September 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on September 21, 2019 at 2:00pm

Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Free

Between 1873 – 1948 around 6,000 destitute children were sent from the Birmingham Children’s Emigration Homes in Highgate, to live with farmers in the backwoods of Canada. Some were only three years old; the majority were aged seven to eleven. Described at the time as “gutter children” or “street Arabs” they lived in desperate conditions in the slum streets of the city and were the children of the poorest families. The children spent up to a year at the Emigration…

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Monday Lecture 30 September: Dr Tony Williams

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Free – £5

Tony Williams taught English in secondary schools from 1969 to 1997 when he took early retirement. From 1999 to 2006 he was Joint General Secretary of The International Dickens Fellowship and a Trustee of the Charles Dickens Museum in London. He is Associate Editor of The Dickensian and organises the London programme of events for the Dickens Fellowship, as well as being a frequent speaker on Dickensian topics both in the UK and overseas. Tony was the President of the International Dickens Fellowship from…

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October 2019

Monday Lecture 14 October: Professor John Holmes – The Pre-Raphaelites and Science

October 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Free – £5

Birmingham is home to arguably the finest collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world. The city was also one of the engines of science and industry in nineteenth century. These two sides of Victorian culture can seem worlds apart, with the Pre-Raphaelites retreating from the modern age into medieval fantasy. In this talk, John Holmes will show how the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, far from being medieval escapists, set out to create an art that would be scientific in its methods and…

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Monday Lecture 28 October: Dr Emma West – Art For The People

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Free – £5

In the first half of the twentieth century, a pioneering band of administrators and civil servants organised a series of schemes to extend public access to the arts. In village halls, restaurants, factories, high streets, railway stations and even a car showroom, they staged exhibitions and performances designed to ‘bring the arts into everyday life’. In this lecture, Dr Emma West uncovers some of these forgotten schemes, focusing on the Arts League of Service, whose travelling theatre bought experimental art,…

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