Anchors Aweigh!

The Anchor is the Birmingham Assay Mark with the Birmingham Assay Office founded by Matthew Boulton the leader of Birmingham’s Lunar Society who met at Boulton’s home Soho House

Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Hello, I’m Louise Deakin and I work at Soho House museum as a Visitor Services Assistant. Soho House was the elegant home of industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton from 1766 to 1809.

Portrait of Matthew Boulton by Lemuel Francis Abbot, 1801-03 Portrait of Matthew Boulton by Lemuel Francis Abbot, 1801-03

The other week I was lucky enough to attend the Birmingham Hidden Spaces photography exhibition at Curzon Street Station. Opened in 1838 as a link from London to Birmingham, the station has Grade I listed status and has been closed to the public since 1966.

Curzon Street Station Curzon Street Station

Amongst the photographs on display were those of the Birmingham Assay Office on Newhall Street, in the Jewellery Quarter. Opened in 1773 it initially operated from three rooms in the King’s Head Inn, managed by four staff and only operating on Tuesdays. Upon opening, it’s first customer was industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton, who had led the campaign for its establishment in 1773. It later moved to…

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BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time comes to Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens……one of the city’s great undiscovered gems plays host to the BBC’s Gardener’s Question Time

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via Suzie for Birmingham Botanical Gardens 

BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time comes to Birmingham Botanical Gardens

A panel of the BBC’s top horticultural experts will be on hand to take questions from local garden enthusiasts at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Tuesday 20 September.

BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, which will celebrate its 70th anniversary next year, will be recorded in the Garden Suite and hosted by gardening A-listers Christine Walkden (The One Show), landscape architect Bunny Guinness and leading organic gardener Bob Flowerdew.

The three panellists will have their gardening expertise put to the test in front of a live 200-strong audience, but they will need to think on their feet as the questions are never revealed to the experts prior to recording.


Since the show’s inception in 1947, panellists have helped to solve over 30,000 gardening gripes, and attracts over two millions listeners each…

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Birmingham Children of War

#Birmingham #War #Children #TheGreatWar #GreatWar100

The Iron Room

Co-Operative Society May Day Float. 1920. [MS 4614/1] Co-Operative Society May Day Float. 1920.
[MS 4614/1] Monday September 12th will see the official launch of Birmingham Children of War. This project, run by the Friends of Birmingham Archives and Heritage (FoBAH) with funding from the Heritage Lottery through their First World War: then and now grants programme, will explore the lived experiences of children born or living through the First World War in Birmingham.

Over the last few weeks FoBAH volunteers have been searching archives and library catalogues identifying resources that will help us to learn more about children’s lives during this tumultuous period. Some of this material will be on display in a pop-up exhibition in the Wolfson Centre from 5 – 6.30pm. It has been chosen to illustrate some of the themes that the project will be investigating in more depth over the next six months with the help of more volunteers and in…

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