£8m plan to return Highbury Hall to the glory days of the Chamberlains

Joseph Chamberlain – the ‘Father of Birmingham’ and his sons Sir Austen Chamberlain who won the Nobel Peace Prize in the 1920’s and Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain dominated British political life from the 1870’s until 1940 #ChamberlainDynasty #HighburyHall

Our plans to restore Highbury have been featured in the Birmingham Mail! Neil Elkes tells the story:

An £8 million fundraising campaign is being launched to breathe new life into historic Highbury Hall.

The bold plans would see the Grade II* listed Victorian Gothic mansion in Moseley, once home of the Chamberlain family, not only restored but revamped with a coffee shop, museum exhibition and 30 acres of grounds restored.

Exhibitions will focus on the history of the Chamberlain family – including Joseph.

As mayor of Birmingham, he transformed the city during the 1870s and his son Neville was Prime Minister at the outbreak of the Second World War.

There will also be community meeting rooms and business conference facilities.

Currently only a fraction of the Hall, in Highbury Park, is open and mostly used for civic weddings and meetings.

Highbury is on the Heritage England at risk…

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A partial victory: Catherine Osler and Votes for Women

It was ONLY 100 years ago when women achieved the vote….WHY?

The Iron Room

The Representation of the People Act finally received Royal Assent on 6 February 1918. This meant that women over thirty who were householders, wives of householders, occupiers of property of £5 or more annual value, or University graduates, could now vote. In March 1918 the Women Workers, Quarterly Magazine of the Birmingham Branch of the National Union of Women Workers included an article by Catherine Osler, President of the Birmingham Women’s Suffrage Society (BWSS).[1] Titled ‘At Last!’, Catherine reflected on the campaign to secure votes for women, something she had been closely involved with since her parents formed the BWSS in 1868. Catherine became President of the organisation in 1901. While it was certainly an achievement to be celebrated, the conditions of qualifying were ‘not all that could be desired – far from it! They do not fulfil the original and unaltered demand of suffragists for “the vote on…

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We will deliver for Brum’s HS2 Generation

HS2 – Rich man’s railway or a valuable addition to our infrastructure in the West Midlands?

Leader of Birmingham

HS2 is back in the news this week with the Second Reading of the Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe) hybrid Bill. That’s quite a mouthful but what it means in effect is that parliament has moved a step closer to agreeing the second stage of the HS2 high-speed rail project.

The first phase of HS2, linking London and Birmingham, is due for completion in 2026. Phase two, which will eventually link our city to Manchester and Leeds, should be up and running in 2032–33.

Of course that timeline seems like a lifetime away, but for Birmingham’s HS2 Generation – the young people currently growing up across the city – this project will shape their lives and careers. That’s because HS2 is about so much more than fast trains to and from London. It’s about jobs, homes and opportunities for the people of this city.

Our city is at the…

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