October 16

I’ll call you by Craig Deeley

I have a problem. Or so I’m told. Over the last year or two, my nearest and dearest have been telling me that I’m addicted to my mobile phone. Or at least I think that’s what they said; I was on Twitter at the time and didn’t really hear what they said during their intervention. […]

October 15

Annie – A Review by Louise Oram

A visit to the Birmingham Hippodrome is always a thrill but when I heard that one of my favourite musicals, Annie, was coming here, I was doubly excited! I’m sure most people will know the story, but for those who don’t…

October 12

The Accidental Gangster

 In the early 1960s Ronnie and Reggie Kray are the new princes of the London underworld and business is good.Their clubs and protection rackets stretch from the East to the West end of the Metropolis, but they need to expand. Hemmed in on all sides by the other ever encroaching London gangs they need to […]

October 08

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

David Ian Productions and the Ambassador Theatre Group are delighted to announce the full cast for the UK tour of the international smash hit musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical at the New Alexandra Theatre from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 October 2015. Joining the previously announced Jason Donovan as ‘Tick’, are Simon […]

October 06

The Crown and Cushion

These are the words I never wanted write – Perry Barr’s Crown and Cushion has closed. The pub which has been the heart beat of Perry Barr for over 150 years has gone the way of countless boozers up and down the country and has called time on itself. There was disbelief when the gaffer […]

October 02

Birmingham Conservatoire

A season of spectacular music-making of the highest quality, and exceptional ticket prices, is just waiting to be discovered this autumn. Featuring world-class artists and prodigiously talented young musicians, the series of lunchtime and evening concerts is devised and programmed by Birmingham Conservatoire at the Adrian Boult Hall and Recital Hall. Tickets for most concerts […]

September 29

Shawshank Redemption

We arrived early at the New Alexandra Theatre as we were keen to see the newly refurbished Piano Bar (and sample a glass or two of their excellent vino!) and I’m so glad we did. The whole feel of the bar has changed – it’s now much more sophisticated and relaxed – with elegant furnishings […]

September 21

New Alex Theatre: Piano Bar 2015

A brand new Piano Bar has been unveiled at the New Alexandra Theatre, following the latest phase of a £1million investment plan in the venue. A total of £250,000 has been spent by Ambassador Theatre Group redeveloping the two separate bar areas in the Station Street theatre to give the impression of one larger luxurious […]

September 16

#NicklinUnseen – An Exhibition

September 16

‘Forward – A Film for Birmingham’

John Lewis marks Birmingham arrival with short film to celebrate the city and its people

September 15

Building B’ham by Donna Taylor

Walking through town a few days ago, I was struck by the intensity of construction works, right across the city centre. Roads are being dug up near the Madin Library for the Paradise development and further along, on Corporation Street, there are roadworks preparing for the tramline extension. And then, of course, we have the […]

September 04

Welcome Back Sir Simon!

Welcome back Sir Simon! Symphony Hall gets set for an  historic return

September 02

A View from the Tower

This concrete edifice was just nine years old when this photo was taken, not from the usual vantage points available to the public but from the Post Office Telecommunication’s car park off Lionel Street.

August 26

Birmingham Innovations

‘Birmingham innovations: the steam engine, electroplating…and the airbag’ by Jonathan Reinarz. In March 2015, I was asked to speak at a pathological society in Birmingham about one of their late members. This is a feature of the group’s biannual meetings, a difficult task, not least because the group started in the 1940s and its oldest […]

August 14

Owl Fun Day at Winterbourne

  Winterbourne House and Garden is best known for seven acres of beautiful botanics, alongside a rare surviving suburban arts & crafts villa. But with owl fever sweeping the city, there’s a more feathery reason to get down to Edgbaston this August.   With two Big Hoot owls tucked away on the University of Birmingham […]

August 11

The Fashionable Origins of ……

The Fashionable Origins of Duran Duran

August 11

Review – The Bodyguard

‘The Bodyguard’ at Birmingham Hippodrome   At the outset, I feel I need to qualify what follows with these two facts:

August 04

42nd Street at the New Alex Theatre

The stars of tomorrow are set to bring the golden age of musical theatre back to the stage next week, with a brand new production of the classic musical 42nd Street.

July 29

Reuben Colley’s Birmingham

Reuben Colley is, in every sense, a Birmingham painter. He was born in 1976 in Hodge Hill, and the industrial urban setting in which he grew up has provided him with a source of inspiration throughout his career. Reuben Colley’s talent was spotted at secondary school. Having studied A level Art he gained a BTEC […]

July 27

My Birmingham by Paul Fulford

Those distant days of my childhood in the 1950s are remembered in black and white but are far from drab. The hustle and bustle of the old Bull Ring market hall, roofless after a Second World War air raid, the shell of an unexploded Second World War serving as a charity collection box near its entrance, […]

July 24

Competition – Two Towers Brewery

Enter our Two Towers Brewery competition to win a brewery tour for two and a Two Towers presentation gift pack

July 23

Vote for the Coffin Works!

Get voting! Help Birmingham Conservation Trust bring back a Heritage Angel Award 2015 for Brum Birmingham Conservation Trust, the charity behind the rescue of several historic buildings in the city, have been invited to London on 7th September for Historic England’s Angel Awards. They are up for the Best Rescue of an Industrial Building award […]

July 07

Trinidad to Brum by Carl Chinn

From Trinidad to Birmingham: Prince Albert ‘Jake’ Jacob When war came in 1939, the people of the West Indies did not fail Britain. Separated by thousands of miles from the conflict in Europe though they may have been, yet for them it was not something either distant or irrelevant. They had been brought up to […]

July 06

The Night Owl, Birmingham

Midlands First Northern Soul & Motown Club In Decades

July 06

Psychogeographer’s Guide : Brum 2015

Traversing Birmingham city centre on foot is, currently, no simple feat. 2015 sees the demolition of John Madin’s Central Library and the redevelopment of Paradise Place, a complete renovation of Birmingham New Street station, the installation of tram tracks joining New Street and Snow Hill, various points of heating and electrical maintenance throughout the city […]

June 26

My Birmingham by Suzanne Virdee

    So what does Birmingham mean to me? Well as I scroll through Twitter and come across images posted by @brumpic I always stop and look. Often they’ll be photos taken way before my time and I get a wonderful glimpse into yesteryear imagining what life was like then. Sometimes the pictures posted will […]

June 25

Stuck in the Mud by Craig Deeley

I love camping. I love music. And I never felt the need to combine the two. I’ve always been a bit of a stick-in-the-mud, but never fancied being stuck in the mud at an outdoor music festival. I could never get enthused, for example, when I was at university and fellow students would be preparing […]

June 16


    Ian Francis (Flatpack Film Festival) has been exploring the forgotten geography of Balsall Heath, through a series of photos taken by an American student in the late 1960s.

June 11

Breaking News! Highbury Studio


May 31

Revisiting The Superprix

Revisiting The Birmingham Superprix   Would you like to take a trip around mainland Britain’s only open wheel street circuit? Well you can in Birmingham, where the UK’s answer to Monaco Grand Prix was held for 5 consecutive years between 1986 and 1990. The circuit hosted international racing series including, Formula 3000, Formula Ford and […]

May 30

My Birmingham by Joe Schuppler

‘Are you watching closely?’ At this very moment in time, when I have been tasked with writing about ‘My Birmingham’ and what this city means to me, I sit here at my laptop watching the rain cascade down the window and reflect upon how, perhaps, I wished I lived somewhere with just a little more […]

May 30

Carl Chinn – Old Square Mural

Old Square Mural By 1966 the new Birmingham was triumphant and even a reporter in ‘The Times’ was moved to exclaim that it was one of the showpieces of Europe. The old Bull Ring had been swept away from the landscape so swiftly and thoroughly that now it was merely a memory. In its place […]

May 30

Birmingham Postcards – Part 1

We’re often asked when we meet me people, where do you get all your stuff from? Well, we get images from all over the place: BMAG, The University of Birmingham, LoB, Network Rail, and occasionally people drop items in to my place of work. (To be honest, we get items and images from here, there […]

May 30

Eastside: by Ally Standing

Eastside: History, Creativity and Possibility Walk eastward from the Bullring and you will find yourself within one of the most rapidly changing areas of the city. Eastside is a part of Birmingham which, especially over recent years, has been developed almost beyond recognition, much of this urban progress forming part of the council’s Big City […]

May 30

The Beorma Social – June in Brum

Bringing you a few of the events we’re looking forward to in Birmingham this June. Keep an eye on the Beorma Social for more events and updates