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Birmingham Collection

"Birmingham: A Tapestry of History, Culture, and Resilience" Discover the vibrant city of Birmingham, where history intertwines with modernity

Background imageBirmingham Collection: The Great Train Robbery: aftermath & reportage, 1963

The Great Train Robbery: aftermath & reportage, 1963
" The most daring and fruitful mail robbery in English History" : a page from The Illustrated London News, detailing the aftermath of the Great Train Robbery of 8th August 1963

Background imageBirmingham Collection: A Conjectural Picture Map of Birmingham In 1730

A Conjectural Picture Map of Birmingham In 1730
This is a striking colourful picture map of Birmingham in 1730, originally imagined & drawn from city records by Bernard Sleigh and lettered by I.A. Ellis, 1923

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Dunkleys Rocking Horse

Dunkleys Rocking Horse
ROCKING HORSE by Dunkleys of Birmingham Date: 1889

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Historic city street sign and fence

Historic city street sign and fence
White city street sign (Name) late 19th century, Edmund Street, Birmingham, England

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Spaghetti Junction

Spaghetti Junction
SPAGHETTI JUNCTION Aerial view of the famous tangle of roads known collectively as " Spaghetti Junction", Birmingham, England. Date: 1970s

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Poster advertising Bernard Weatherill Ltd

Poster advertising Bernard Weatherill Ltd, civil and sporting tailors of Conduit Street and Cannon Street, London. A foxhunting scene on the village green is depicted

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Birmingham Snow Hill Station, c. 1940s

Birmingham Snow Hill Station, c. 1940s
A view of Birmingham Snow Hill station, c.1940s, showing platform No.8 and a few passengers strolling along

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Cardinal Newman Lying in State

Cardinal Newman Lying in State
The late Cardinal Newman, lying in state in the chapel of the Oratory, Birmingham. John Henry Newman (1801-1890) converted to Catholicism in October 1845 and became a cardinal in May 1879

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Bull Ring and St Martins Church, Birmingham 1840

Bull Ring and St Martins Church, Birmingham 1840
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Background imageBirmingham Collection: Aston Villa v Santos. Pictured, Pele coming on to the pitch. 21st February 1972

Aston Villa v Santos. Pictured, Pele coming on to the pitch. 21st February 1972

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Narrow boats and barges moored at Gas Street Canal Basin, city centre, Birmingham

Narrow boats and barges moored at Gas Street Canal Basin, city centre, Birmingham, Midlands, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Birmingham New Street

Birmingham New Street
View of New Street

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Birmingham Snow Hill booking hall concourse, 1912

Birmingham Snow Hill booking hall concourse, 1912
Between 1906 and 1912 the GWR took about re-designing and re-constructing the station. When it was completed it was a vision of Edwardian elegance. This image shows the station once completed

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Birmingham Snow Hill Booking Office, 1912

Birmingham Snow Hill Booking Office, 1912
Between 1906 and 1912 the GWR took about re-designing and re-constructing the station. When it was completed it was a vision of Edwardian elegance. This image shows the station once completed

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Advert for the Palais de Danse, Birmingham, 1921

Advert for the Palais de Danse, Birmingham, 1921 Date: 1921

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Selfridges, Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham, England

Selfridges, Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham, England

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Police dog attacking a young black man during the Youth Mass Demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama

Police dog attacking a young black man during the Youth Mass Demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama, spring 1963
CIVIL RIGHTS, 1963. Police dog attacking a young black man during the Youth Mass Demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama, spring 1963

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Norton Motorbike, winner of 28 TT Races

Norton Motorbike, winner of 28 TT Races
Norton Motorbike - winner of 28 TT Races, September 1952. 1952

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Ward C3 at Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham, 11th August 1969

Ward C3 at Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham, 11th August 1969

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Aerial view of Villa Park football stadium, home to Aston Villa Football Club

Aerial view of Villa Park football stadium, home to Aston Villa Football Club. 25th August 1968

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Old Map of Birmingham 1851 by John Tallis

Old Map of Birmingham 1851 by John Tallis
This attractive plan of mid Victorian Birmingham in the Midlands by John Tallis 1851 shows the first railways and important canal network. The work is attractively presented with eight illustrations

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Entrance to Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham

Entrance to Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, West Midlands. Date: circa 1908

Background imageBirmingham Collection: The Gullet, Stafford Street, Birmingham

The Gullet, Stafford Street, Birmingham
Under the Artisans and Labourers dwellings Improvement Act, 1875, slum areas like the gullet were cleared and improved. Date: 16 December 1876

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Lunar Society

Lunar Society
The Lunar Society of Birmingham sought to improve society using science; its members included Priestley, Wedgwood, Erasmus Darwin, Herschel, and Watt

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Birmingham Bull Ring

Birmingham Bull Ring
The old Bull Ring Centre, a notorious symbol of post World War Two modernism, now demolished. Completed in 1964; Britains first multi-storey fully enclosed shopping centre

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Church of St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham, West Midlands, 1887

Church of St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham, West Midlands, 1887. The church was originally built in the 13th century

Background imageBirmingham Collection: New University, Selly Oak, Birmingham, West Midlands

New University, Selly Oak, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBirmingham Collection: The Village, Hampton in Arden, Warwickshire

The Village, Hampton in Arden, Warwickshire
The Village, Hampton in Arden, Solihull, near Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. Date: 1911

Background imageBirmingham Collection: High Street, Coleshill, Warwickshire

High Street, Coleshill, Warwickshire
High Street, Coleshill, Birmingham, near Chelmsley Wood, Warwickshire, England. Date: 1909

Background imageBirmingham Collection: St Andrews Art - Birmingham City

St Andrews Art - Birmingham City
Watercolour of St Andrews, home of Birmingham City F.C. 1906 - current day. Capacity 30, 016. Original painting created in 1999 by Kevin Fletcher

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Railway Air Services Poster

Railway Air Services Poster
Railway Air Services (RAS) Poster, serving Plymouth, Teignmouth, Cardiff, Birmingham and Liverpool, Cowes (Isle of Wight), Southampton, Bristol and Birmingham, London (Croydon) and Isle of Wight

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Gathering of Unions / 1832

Gathering of Unions / 1832
THE GATHERING OF THE UNIONS Three meetings organised by the Birmingham Political Union, held at New Hall Hill during May, maintain the pressure for electoral reform

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Birmingham Snow Hill, under construction, c. 1910

Birmingham Snow Hill, under construction, c. 1910
Between 1906 and 1912 the GWR took about re-designing and re-constructing the station. When it was completed it was a vision of Edwardian elegance

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Toulouse geese with dewlap, cock and hen

Toulouse geese with dewlap, cock and hen. Oie de Toulouse a bavette, Anser anser domesticus. Bred by James Watts, winners of five first prizes

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Advert, Gaskell & Chambers Ltd, Bar Fitters

Advert, Gaskell & Chambers Ltd, Bar Fitters
Advert for Gaskell & Chambers Ltd (incorporated with Yates & Greenways), Bar Fitters, Manufacturers of Beer Engines and Hotel Bar Requisites, Counters, Back Fittings, Seating

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Mens Pavilion & Recreation Grounds, Bournville, Birmingham

Mens Pavilion & Recreation Grounds, Bournville, Birmingham, England - part of the model community set up around the Cadburys Cocoa Factory. Cricket being played at the Cadbury Sports Club. Date: 1910

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Birmingham skyline at twilight, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America, North America

Birmingham skyline at twilight, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America, North America

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Cover design, Western Airways timetable

Cover design, Western Airways timetable
Cover design, Western Airways summer timetable, showing a map with destinations: Manchester, Birmingham, Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol, Weston, Barnstaple, Newquay and Penzance. 1939

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Western Airways Ltd Poster

Western Airways Ltd Poster
Poster, Norman Edgar Western Airways Ltd, Bristol to Cardiff Air Express, 15 minutes, 9 shillings and sixpence single fare

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Western Airways Poster

Western Airways Poster
Poster, Norman Edgar (Western Airways) Ltd, showing prices and times from Bristol to various destinations by Air Express Daily, including special day returns. 20th century

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Highcroft Hall Hospital, Erdington, Birmingham

Highcroft Hall Hospital, Erdington, Birmingham
An aerial view of Highcroft Hall Hospital on Slade Road, Erdington, Birmingham. The hospital was originally opened in around 1870 as the Aston Union workhouse

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Incorporation Workhouse, Birmingham, West Midlands

Incorporation Workhouse, Birmingham, West Midlands
Aerial view of the Birmingham Incorporation (later Union) Workhouse, opened in 1852 on Western Road, Birmingham. The workhouse, designed by J.J

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Poster advertising Union Castle Mail Steamship Company

Poster advertising Union Castle Mail Steamship Company
Poster advertising the Union Castle Mail Steamship Company Limited, South African Royal Mail Service. Donald Currie & Co, Managers

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Aston Villa F. C in 1894

Aston Villa F. C in 1894
Team photograph of Aston Villa in First Division champions in 1894. Formed in 1874 by members of the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel in Aston, Birmingham

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Canal boat trips, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Canal boat trips, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Bournville / Village 1905

Bournville / Village 1905
Bournville Village, Birmingham: homes for Cadburys workers

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Silver spangled Hamburgh cock and hen

Silver spangled Hamburgh cock and hen, Henry Beldons pair, Cup at Allerton 1871, Hen first at Birmingham 1871, and cup at Bristol 1872

Background imageBirmingham Collection: Exterior view of the entrance to Villa Park football stadium

Exterior view of the entrance to Villa Park football stadium, home to Aston Villa Football Club. 1st August 1969



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"Birmingham: A Tapestry of History, Culture, and Resilience" Discover the vibrant city of Birmingham, where history intertwines with modernity. From the iconic Spaghetti Junction to the vintage charm of an old map by John Tallis in 1851, this city is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. As you stroll through its streets, you'll come across a poster advertising Bernard Weatherill Ltd. , reminding us of Birmingham's rich industrial heritage. The Postcode District Map sheet 2 South East England and Midlands showcases how this city connects people from all walks of life. Reflecting on its past struggles for civil rights, we remember the Youth Mass Demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama during spring 1963. A powerful image emerges - a police dog attacking a young black man - serving as a reminder that progress often comes at great cost. But amidst these historical moments lies beauty and tranquility. Narrow boats and barges moored at Gas Street Canal Basin create picturesque scenes in the heart of Birmingham. Sutton Park's entrance beckons nature enthusiasts to explore its vast landscapes in Sutton Coldfield. The aftermath and reportage surrounding The Great Train Robbery in 1963 remind us that even within adversity, communities unite to rebuild stronger than before. This resilience echoes throughout Birmingham's streets today. Birmingham New Street stands tall as a bustling hub connecting people near and far while Selfridges at Bullring Shopping Centre offers retail therapy like no other. It symbolizes how this city embraces both tradition and innovation seamlessly. From an enchanting Conjectural Picture Map showcasing what Birmingham looked like in 1730 to the futuristic architecture seen today; it is evident that this city has always been ahead of its time. So come immerse yourself in the diverse tapestry that is Birmingham – where ancient maps meet contemporary landmarks; where stories are etched into every corner; where cultures collide harmoniously under one roof. Experience the magic of this city, where history is celebrated and the future awaits.