September 12

Hidden Spaces – Hidden Birmingham

Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces is a project by Associated Architects in association with the Birmingham Post and Birmingham Architectural Association, sharing the secrets hidden behind the facades of Birmingham.

Primarily, its aim is to celebrate and acknowledge the city’s rich and diverse architectural heritage, leading to a positive change in behaviour towards the built environment for the future.

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Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces was first published in December 2013 as series of articles in the Birmingham Post. In these articles Associated Architects director Matthew Goer took a rare glimpse behind the façades of some of Birmingham’s best-known buildings and also discovered some lesser-known, hidden spaces within the city, at the same time revealing the people and stories that have shaped its history. The articles led to some fascinating discoveries and captivating images, which generated an overwhelming response from the public and the feature was shortlisted for Best Supplement in the Midlands Media Awards 2014.

Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces is part funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. During 2014/2015 we are calling out to the public for old photographs, videos and oral histories, all to be digitised and shared, to preserve the memories of these fascinating spaces.

Do you have any stories, memories, pictures or cinefilms of any of the buildings featured in Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces? Did you work in the any of the buildings or have you attended any notable events?

We would love to hear from you.


Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces is a project by:

GOLD SPONSOR Associated Architects Logo

Associated Architects was formed in 1968 and aims to create architecture of the highest quality which embodies a deep sense of responsibility towards our clients, their buildings’ users and the environment.

Based in Birmingham, we have designed buildings in the UK and elsewhere, for clients across the private and public sectors. These include schools, universities, offices, housing and urban regeneration schemes.


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The Birmingham Post provides users with the latest news on business, property, lifestyle and regional affairs.

The Post has launched a new app, meaning readers can access news in even more ways, for free. The app is available on both iPad and iPhone and will be updated throughout the day with breaking news as well as allowing readers to access the printed edition of the Post at the tap of the tablet screen.


The BAA was formed in 1874 and is the Birmingham branch of the RIBA West Midlands regional office. It seeks to celebrate and promote excellent architecture within Birmingham and the West Midlands region. It aims to bring together the local architectural community – practitioners, academics and students, as well as engaging with the general public.

Project partners:

Brumpic Squared corners

Brumpic shares a pictorial history of our city that engages and educates through shared experiences and memories. It includes modern day images and changes happening to our city right now

riba-logoRIBA West Midlands is committed to delivering services to RIBA members to enable them to work effectively as professionals, and to promote architecture, good design, and public interest in the built environment.

The network of seven branches across the region provides a comprehensive range of exhibitions and presentations open to members and the public, with an impressive range of international speakers and home grown talent to inspire and inform.

Birmingham CivicBirmingham Civic Society celebrates the city’s heritage, promotes citizenship, recognises the people and places that have and do contribute to life in the city, encourages the highest standards of planning and architecture, helps create a better environment and runs an active programme of engaging events.