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October 2019

Study Day – The lesser-known Priestley

October 18 @ 10:15 am - 4:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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After exploring in recent years, the highways of J.B. Priestley’s immense literary achievement, we shall range amongst the by-ways to commend some of his perhaps undeservedly less well-known novels and plays as well as several of the film scripts he worked on. 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

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Monday Lecture 21 Oct: Samina Ansari – The Birmingham Library

October 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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The Birmingham Library holds almost complete sets of Birmingham based, Victorian periodicals, The Darts and The Owls among others.  Samina will take a tour of them with you and introduce you to the wonders of our library, if you haven't already found them yourself!!

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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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November 2019

Monday Lecture 4 Nov: Professor Roger Ward – From Currency Reform (Attwood) to Tariff Reform (Chamberlain). The evolution of ideas of political economy in nineteenth century Birmingham.

November 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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In the course of the nineteenth century, Britain became the world's industrial and commercial leader.  But controversy over economic policy remained a constant theme of politics.  In this lecture, Professor Roger Ward will analyse the issues and the roles of dominant players from Attwood to Chamberlain.

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Study Day – Giuseppe Verdi, Rigoletto (1851), Stephen Sondheim, Assassins (1990)

November 8 @ 10:15 am - 4:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Is this the oddest pairing we have ever offered? IN the week in which Welsh National Opera visits Birmingham Hippodrome we shall offer a context for appreciation of the piece they will be performing on Saturday afternoon. We shall devote the second half of our day to engaging with the curious enthusiasm of Americans to attempt assassination of their Presidents., This will coincide with a production that is visiting Nottingham Playhouse from the Watermill Theatre. To attend this event, please…

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Monday Lecture 18 Nov: Bernie McLean – A journey of 7000 miles in 200 years

November 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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From an early age, Bernie was aware that his paternal grandfather, whom he never met, came from a faraway place.  it wasn't until he began to investigate his family history that he discovered just how remote and hard-to-survive this place was.  What is more, he found that his grandfathers's grandparents had chosen to travel a great distance from another place that was also remote and hard-to-survive.  this presentation follows a very long journey for his ancestors in the early 1800s…

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Study Day – George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871)

November 22 @ 10:15 am - 4:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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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,…

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Monday Lecture 25 Nov: Rowena Lyon – Middlemore

November 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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 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…

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

November 29 @ 10:15 am - 4:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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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

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December 2019

Monday Lecture 2 Dec: Dr Trevor James – The Saintly landscapes of the West Midlands

December 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Dr Trevor James will introduce his current research into the underlying pattern of saintly evidence that still surrounds us.

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

December 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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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.

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Study Day – Holiday Reading?

December 13 @ 10:15 am - 4:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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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

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