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.
Some of Our Dozens and Trails
• 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.
• Best Book Bunnies - favourite rabbits from the world of children's books, chosen by a bunny lover.
• Discovery Season Artworks - indoor urban birdwatching event!
• Key Features of the Library of Birmingham
• Make 'em Laugh - jokes from Gigglefest
• Great Reads from Harborne Library
• Warwickshire Photographic Survey - the development of Birmingham recorded in photographs
• James Watt and Family - not just steam power, but apple trees and zebra wood.
• 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
• Discover Birmingham through the City's sculptures - a 2.5 mile trail of sculptures around Birmingham city centre, exploring the history of the city, the artists and their inspirations.
Further Dozens and 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.