Explore Your Archives at the Library of Birmingham

The history of Birmingham Town Hall and the Birmingham Music Festivals it was built to showcase

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Explore Your Archive Week has arrived and we are honoured to have Val Birchall, Assistant Director, Culture and Visitor Economy, write our first blog of the week:

My favourite thing in Archives & Collections, Val Birchall

Val

My favourite collection in the Archive is MS 1292, the letters and papers of Joseph Moore (1766 – 1851), because it ties together so many aspects of Birmingham’s culture and history – the Town Hall, the General Hospital, the musical connection with Leipzig (which is of course one of our sister cities today), and the Birmingham Music Festival for which I have a particular fondness and which was originally founded by Moore.

 Moore founded the festival in 1799 and was responsible for its management, and as part of his interest he instigated, in 1834, the building of Birmingham Town Hall as a working venue to house a festival of growing importance in the…

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