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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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Bournbrook Road, Selly Oak (c.1950)

Stirchley Baths History Group

Thu 03 December 2015, 5:00pm

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday 2015

Sat 05 December 2015, 11:15am

A nice cup of tea and a good read!

Christmas Quiz and Party

Wed 09 December 2015, 10:30am

Victorian Christmas card

Christmas Storytime at Sutton Coldfield Library

Fri 18 December 2015, 2:00pm

Theory Test Pro

Practise your Driving Theory Test

- in the library or at home. You just need a library card.