From Gross-Out Children’s Books to Drama Queens, you will be able to carry a little bit of Birmingham treasure in your pocket, wherever you go. Just download our free Dozens & Trails app.
Dozens & Trails is a fun and interactive mobile application for tablets and smartphones. Put together by experts from the Library, Dozens are groups of 12 connected items that represent different aspects of the Library of Birmingham, its services, collections and communities. Dozens can be based on personal favourites, surprising connections or funny coincidences.
Trails are similar toDozens, except this time it’s a journey! The Trails consist of twelve items which can be located on a map and take you on a trail around the city.
The first Trails reflect Birmingham’s important contribution to the anti-slavery and suffrage movements, as well as focussing on what it was like to live as one of the poorest inhabitants of one of the British Empire’s greatest cities.
You can now buy stunning prints of selected images available on Dozens & Trails, from £6.40 for an 8”x6” to £38.63 for 30x20” including postage and packing, sent First Class within 8 days of order.
Find out more about Dozens & Trails in a recent article in The Guardian newspaper.
New Trail launched!
The new digital TOLKIEN® Trail is now launched. The TOLKIEN® Trail on the Library of Birmingham’s free Dozens and Trails app includes information, pictures and a map of 12 Tolkien linked places in and around the Birmingham area. You'll also find houses where Tolkien lived, his school, church and places that inspired him. Also a brief history of his life; leaving South Africa and whilst resident in Birmingham.
Some of Our Dozens & Trails
Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett - Highlights from the summer exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery of clever contraptions and quirky automata from the man who brought Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to life.
Britain from Above - Photographs of Birmingham from Aerofilms Ltd. Aeorofilms was the world's first firm of commercial aerial photographers
Twelve Library Treasures - a look at some of the Library’s most valuable and unexpected treasures
The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker – from ‘aerated waters’ to ‘zinc workers’, the Trade Card Collection creates a vivid snapshot of objects and services for sale in the 18th and 19th centuries
The REP: Drama Queens –the women: leading ladies, costumiers, writers and designers, who over the past century have played their part in making the REP one of the country’s foremost producing theatres
Keeping the Home Fires Burning: WW2 Propaganda – visually striking propaganda posters produced by local and central government
Rambles of the Moseley Quartette – witty and beautifully illustrated accounts of Victorian rambles
Gross-Out Children’s Books – a selection of children’s books including slime, slurp, squelch and snot
Outreach: Archives in Action – showing how the library works with a range of people to ensure the archives reflect the diverse nature of Birmingham’s heritage
World of the Wingate Bett Collection – travel tickets from 1840 to 1977. A fantastic journey from Birmingham to Italy, Japan, America and beyond, from buses to ski-lifts
Musical Miscellany – a selection from the library’s music collections, represented by unusual and unexpected objects
A Spy’s Eye on Newly Catalogued Archives – picked out by a Cataloguing Assistant who has handled over a thousand new deposits over the past three years, from a single document to several hundred boxes
Cock-a-doodle-doo! – birds from the Library of Birmingham’s collections, from JJ Audubon’s monumental Birds of America to Henny Penny in the Parker Collection of Children’s Books
Decades of Community Libraries - Decades of Community Libraries - celebrating the incredible range of architectural styles across Birmingham's 39 Community Libraries
The Weoley Collection- contains maps, study guides and ephemera relating to the local area. The Weoley Collection documents the social and historical developments of Weoley Castle and is a valuable resource for all to use. This Dozen focuses on the photographic archive which contains more than 1500 images and is a great introduction to this rich and varied collection.
The TOLKIEN® Trail on the Dozens & Trails app includes information, pictures and a map of 12 Tolkien linked places in and around the Birmingham area.
Victorian Terracotta Decoration - Birmingham developed much of its civic structure during the Victorian era. One element used in buildings of that time was ornate terracotta decoration.
Birmingham on Sixpence a Day – how easy was it to survive when you were poor in one of the British Empire’s greatest cities?
The Right to Vote – highlights the sites in Birmingham where the key events in the campaign to win universal suffrage, in which Birmingham had a central role
Birmingham Antislavery Trail – covers the key sites around the city associated with antislavery agitation
Further Dozens &Trails are being released regularly.
The app is part of a series of technological innovations from the new Library of Birmingham focusing on making the library’s collections more widely available. It has been designed by Birmingham-based creative digital and design studio, Substrakt.