I work at the University of Birmingham in the Medical School and was fascinated to learn that the University has bought one of #Birmingham‘s most iconic buildings, the former Birmingham Municipal Bank HQ at 301 Broad Street as a base for the University of Birmingham in the city centre.
The foundation stone for 301 Broad Street was laid by former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer in the 1920’s.
‘Old Joe’ after whom the Campanile Clock Tower at Chancellor’s Court at the University of Birmingham is named, was the founder of the first #Birmingham political dynasty of the late nineteenth and early 20th century: The Chamberlains of Highbury Hall, the family home which is now being regenerated by Birmingham Conservation Trust.
The final member of the ‘Chamberlain Political Triumvirate’ was Sir Austen Chamberlain, a former Foreign Secretary and Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work on the Locarno Pact in the 1920’s.
These three Birmingham politicians were at the heart of national life in their time and achieved great things…..where are today’s Birmingham leaders who could put the city back where it belongs?