A month-long celebration of Birmingham’s unseen rich and diverse architectural heritage has launched in the city.
The 2015 Hidden Spaces ‘Unlocked’ programme offers a diverse range of events that aim to reconnect people of all ages with the city’s rich heritage. A series of fascinating talks, over a dozen open buildings, a handful of walking tours and two exhibitions, hosted inside hidden spaces themselves are planned to take place.
The programme culminates with a flagship exhibition at Birmingham Municipal Bank from 20-28 June. Displayed in the magnificent setting of this historic building, a collection of photography and video footage aims to showcase 25 of Birmingham’s finest hidden gems, ranging from secret underground tunnels to grand Victorian banqueting suites.
“From the terracotta civic masterpieces to the misunderstood brutalist monoliths, when it comes to architecture, Birmingham has so much to talk about. The fascinating spaces behind the facades of Birmingham, however elaborate or unusual, all have a story to tell. They connect us in some way with the city’s history, a forgotten time or a significant moment that shaped the city of today. They reveal something important about Birmingham and what it means to be a Brummie.” – Hidden Spaces
This year’s series of events follows on from the 2014 exhibition at Curzon Street Station, which called for more pictures, stories and access to Birmingham’s hidden architectural treasures, much of which is locked away behind closed doors and inaccessible to the public.
For more information visit: www.hidden-spaces.co.uk
Image credit: Tom Bird