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Discovery and Journeys

Now the Library of Birmingham is open, we want you to come on a journey of discovery through the building.  You can also learn online about the discoveries made in Birmingham and the journeys that Brummies have made all over the world. 

Soho Manufactory engraving

Archives of Soho

Matthew Boulton (1728-1809), arguably the most important businessman in Birmingham’s history, was intrinsic to the industrial growth of Birmingham.
Curzon Street Station

Curzon Street Railway Station

Curzon Street Station was the first direct railway line linking Birmingham to London. Read more about Curzon Street Station
Dorothy Howell (1898-1982)

The Life of Dorothy Howell (1898-1982)

Discover more about the celebrated composer and pianist
Allotment Inspection Committee 1953

Digging Around

‘Digging Around’ is a potted history of allotments in Birmingham from the 19th century to the present day.
The Unicorn

Birmingham Pubs and Inns

Discover the lost pubs of Birmingham or travel through time in the Then and Now gallery.
Canadian Railroad photograph from the Benjamin Stone Collection

The Traveller's Joy

At the end of the 19th Century, Sir Benjamin Stone travelled the globe photographing its people and cultures.
The Two Towers

J.R.R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, is one of Birmingham's most famous authors. Find out more about his time in the city.
Curling in Sutton Park

Sport and Leisure in Birmingham

Discover sport and leisure in Birmingham from the late 1800s up to 1989, including curling, roller skating and hot air ballooning.

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Tommy Shelby played by Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders. Photo credit BBC

Peaky Blinders Exhibition

Sun 21 September 2014, 11:00am

Square pegs - Emmanuelle Brisson

Square pegs

Sun 21 September 2014, 11:00am

The Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd

Meet Bestselling Writer Sue Monk Kidd

Thu 25 September 2014, 7:00pm

Benjamin Zephaniah in conversation with Steve Camden

Benjamin Zephaniah

Tue 30 September 2014, 7:00pm

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Latest magazines - online!

Download the latest magazines in the library, at home or on the move.