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Connecting Stories

Connecting Stories – Our British Asian Heritage

Our British Asian Heritage

Library of Birmingham, Gallery Level 3, 15th July to 4th November 2017

Guidance: Free and open to all library visitors

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Connecting Stories – Our British Asian Heritage

Dates: 15 July 2017 to 4 November 2017

Location: Gallery, Floor 3

Birmingham is an amazingly diverse city. For centuries, people have travelled from across the country and around the world to make their lives here. The Connecting Stories exhibition explores how Britain’s 400 year relationship with South Asia has helped shape the UK and particularly modern Birmingham. The exhibition, produced in partnership with the British Library and with Heritage Lottery support, is free and open to all library visitors.
 

Free Family Days!

Library of Birmingham invites you to celebrate Birmingham’s South Asian culture at a series of FREE family days! These events are part of the Connecting Stories: Our British Asian Heritage exhibition in the Gallery on Level 3.
 
Saturday 15 July 11am – 4.30pm - Cheetahs and Chai!
Come with your ears open, eyes wide and hands ready for a day of storytelling, crafts and South Asian dance led by local community artists.  Join us for performances by Jaivant Patel Dance, storytelling inspired by cheetahs, chai and travellers’ tales, and a chance to reflect on your own life journeys at our dream catcher workshop. Enjoy face-painting, mehndi, and The Cheetah that came for Chai workshops which include tea-blending, sewing, shadow puppets and making your own cheetah!
 
Saturday 26 August 11am – 4.30pm - Lok Virsa: Beyond Borders
Join the Sonia Sabri Company for a one day Mela (indoor festival) of free arts activities, with inspirational artists from the Indian sub-continent and the Birmingham community. The Library of Birmingham will be filled with the sights and sounds of South Asia. Take part in some amazing workshops or simply absorb the music, storytelling, visual arts, crafts and dance. Highlights include dhol drummers, South Asian music, dance, storytelling, Arabic calligraphy, block printing, mehndi and much more.

Saturday 21 October 11am – 4.30pm - Punjabi Colours
The Sansaar Family have been entertaining audiences in Birmingham and beyond since 2004.  They will be taking over the Library of Birmingham for a day of vibrant and energetic activities influenced by the Punjab and North India.  With something for all the family, join us for a day of dhol drumming, turban tying, dressing up in saris and Indian outfits, interactive storytelling, learning about Punjabi traditions and culture, henna, mendhi, bhangra, giddha and Bollywood dancing.
 
All activities are free, and available on a first come, first served basis.
 

Dates

Jul 2017
Sat 15 11:00am Library of Birmingham
Aug 2017
Sat 26 11:00am Library of Birmingham
Oct 2017
Sat 21 11:00am Library of Birmingham

Venues

Map to venue

Library of Birmingham

Address: Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND

Tel: 0121 242 4242 (Monday to Friday, 11am-5pm)


Opening Hours

Monday and Tuesday  11am - 7pm
Wednesday to Saturday  11am - 5pm
Sunday  Closed
 
Wolfson Centre for Archival Research (Floor 4)

Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 4pm 

Getting here

Train: the Library is about 10-15 minutes walk from New Street Station and 15-20 minutes from Snow Hill Station. Moor Street and Five Ways are further away but still within walking distance. For more information call National Rail on 08457 11 41 41. If you are using a text phone, dial 18001 first to activate Typetalk.
 
Bus: Many bus services stop close to the Library on Broad Street including: 1, 9, 10, 22, 23, 24, 29, 29A, 120, 126, 127, 128, 129, 140, 141. For journey planning please call Network West Midlands on 0871 200 22 33 (Bus and Metro only). Lines are open Monday to Saturday 7.30am to 8pm and on Sunday 10am to 6pm.
 
Cycle: there are plenty of cycle racks in front of the Library on Centenary Square. For information on cycle routes in the city, visit sustrans.org.uk or birmingham.gov.uk.
 
Car: Birmingham is easily reached via the M5, M6, M40 and M42. Follow signs to Birmingham City Centre and the ICC. From the South-West (M5), leave the motorway at Junction 3, follow the A456 towards the city centre. From the South (M40), South-East (M6) East (M69), or North-East (M42) follow the M6 to Junction 6, then the A38 towards the City Centre. From the North-West (M6) or West (M54) follow the M6 either to Junction 7 then the A34 towards Birmingham City Centre.
 
Parking: there is no parking available at the Library – public car parks can be found nearby at Cambridge Street and the NIA.
 
Disabled parking: there are two bays for Blue Badge holders on Cambridge Street directly behind the Library on The REP side. Access to the front entrance is along the covered walkway on the east side of the Library leading onto Centenary Square. Further bays are available in the Paradise Circus multi-storey car park on Cambridge Street.
 
Taxis: There is a taxi rank across the road outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Broad Street. 

Facilities and Access

Getting around

The Library of Birmingham is designed to be highly accessible to all. Getting around the building is easy, with a step-free entrance and lifts to all floors, in addition to ramps, escalators, travelators and stairs.

Toilets

Toilets are available on every floor.

Toilets for people who are disabled

These are marked on the floor plans, which indicate whether the toilet is positioned for transfer from wheelchair to seat from the left or the right.

Changing Places

A Changing Places facility is available on the lower ground floor.

Parent and baby

Parent and baby rooms with changing and feeding facilities are available on the lower ground floor. Changing facilities are also available on levels 1 and 3. The Library is breast feeding-friendly throughout. Comfortable seating is available on every floor in the lounge areas.

Prams and buggies

Prams and buggies can be parked in the designated area on the ground floor. Please note that for the safety of your child and others, we do not allow prams and buggies on the escalators or travelators. 
For their safety, children should be accompanied by a parent or carer whilst in the building, including in the Children’s Library.

WiFi

WiFi is available throughout the building. This is free to use, with access to additional resources for Library members.

Induction loops

Induction loops to amplify speech for people with hearing aids are fitted at all staffed information desks in the building and in the Studio Theatre. If requested in advance, we can also provide induction loops in our meeting rooms.  

Eating and Drinking

The Library Café on the ground floor serves a range of quality eat-in and takeaway food made from British ingredients, simply prepared and changing seasonally. Extra seating is available on the mezzanine level, overlooking Centenary Square. The Discovery Café on floor 3 is also open during peak times, with a selection of freshly prepared deli sandwiches and hot and cold beverages.
 
You are welcome to bring your own refreshments into the Library, but we ask you please only to consume these in the Lounge areas on each floor. Vending machines for cold drinks and snacks are also available in the Lounge areas.
 
Please use the recycling bins provided for your rubbish. This helps us to keep the Library clean and tidy for the comfort of all our visitors. 

Shop 

The Library Shop on the ground floor offers a range of quality, unique gifts and souvenirs of your visit to the Library of Birmingham and the city, at prices to suit all pockets.

Events and Exhibitions 

Look out for our programme of events, exhibitions and activities. Details of what’s on at the Library of Birmingham and how to book are available by clicking on What's Happening above and in the Library. 

Tickets

The BOX is open 10am - 8pm Monday to Saturday (10am -6pm when there is no evening performance) for booking and collecting tickets for Library events and shows at The REP.

Library Rooms and Spaces for Hire

We have a varied range of meeting and event spaces available for hire, from the 300-seat Studio Theatre and meeting rooms, to the historic Shakespeare Memorial Room and Middle Earth, our children’s activity rooms. Click on the link for everything you need to know about Room Booking.

The Green Library

The Library of Birmingham has an important role to play in cutting carbon emissions in the city and the building has been designed to minimise the impact on the environment.
 
Environmentally friendly features include the use of low carbon technology for heating and cooling, low energy lighting and water conservation systems.
 
The Library recycles all used materials including paper and plastic – please use the special bins provided.
 
The two elevated garden terraces – the Discovery Terrace on level 3 and The Secret Garden on level 7 – provide green spaces in the heart of the city. They are planted with a variety of species to provide colour and interest throughout the year. This includes fruit, vegetables and herbs on the Discovery Terrace to provide a focal point for learning about where food comes from and encouraging ‘grow your own.’
 
In front of the Library, around the Amphitheatre in Centenary Square, an annual wildflower meadow has been planted (part of a wildflower trail in the city centre’s Westside). The best time to enjoy the wildflowers is between July and October. Together with the brown roof (covered in rubble from the construction of the Library), these features provide new habitat for wildlife.
 
The Library of Birmingham was awarded BREEAM ‘Excellent’ status in 2013. BREEAM is the national standard against which the environmental sustainability of new buildings is measured.
 

 



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