Discovering Birmingham…from ‘toy’ making to world domination
In this walk you will see how Birmingham developed and understand that many of today’s ways of working have deep roots in our past.
We consider the medieval origins of Birmingham and the role of Georgian entrepreneurs and Victorian idealists. We understand the beginning of ‘toy’-making and how, along with other key factors, these skills lead to Birmingham supplying the world with items such as plated goods and pen nibs. We take the ‘secret canal’ to the Jewellery Quarter and visit Birmingham’s only remaining Georgian Square. We experience some of the products that were made in the factories that we pass along the way. We understand aspects of today’s city and how it is redeveloping for the future.
In this 1 3/4 hour walk you experience a very stimulating and memorable introduction to the city. Of interest equally to local people and visitors alike.
Tours may use an audio system and if so you can bring your own earphones or purchase a pair for £1 at the start of the tour.
This walk is organised by Positively Birmingham who support Sifa Fireside, a Birmingham based charity providing support and services to homeless adults in Birmingham.
Date & Time
Sunday 15 and Sunday 22 Sept | 1.30pm – 3.15pm
Start and end of the walk is at the Library of Birmingham (Front entrance)
Adults £10, Children (6-16) £5
A modified version of this walk can be provided