On the 3rd September the new Library of Birmingham opened its doors to the public for the first time. In recognition of this, MACE has compiled a series of short films from ATV Today which show the building of the third Birmingham Central Library from 1970 to 1973 and shots from the day before it was officially opened by Harold Wilson on Saturday 12 January 1974.
The third Birmingham Central Library, which closed on Saturday 29 June 2013, was designed by John Hardcastle Dalton Madin to replace the existing library in order to make way for a new road layout in the city. His company were active in Birmingham for over 30 years. Some of the buildings his company designed have now been demolished including Birmingham’s Post and Mail Building. Birmingham Central Library will be demolished in 2014.
All but one of these films is silent as the films would…
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