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Archers Invasion

Archers Character Invasion

The Archers cast and crew are taking over the Library of Birmingham

Saturday 29 March, 11.30am - 4pm, Library of Birmingham

Guidance: A special one-day event celebrating characters and stories from The Archers.

Arts and Music, Cultures Season, Performance



The Archers cast and crew are taking over the Library of Birmingham.
We're holding a host of FREE drop-in events that will show just how The Archers team create the compelling sound of the world's longest-running soap. Come and meet some of your favourite characters and find out what living and working in Ambridge is really like. 

  •  Meet  the team - including actors and writers - in Q&A sessions
  • Listen to clips from The Archers - with a few surprises
  • Create your own live sound effects
  • Test your knowledge - how much do you really know about The Archers?

What's Happening?

Q&A: with The Archers cast and production team

Have you ever wondered how The Archers are able to reflect daily news' stories? How the actors kiss on radio? Is the soap recorded on location or in a studio? We'll hold live Q&A sessions with the actors, writers and members of the production team to give you the answers to anything you've ever wanted to know about the village of Ambridge.
30-minute sessions run at 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm

MEET: your favourite Archers stars

Come and meet some of your favourite Archers stars including TIMOTHY BENTINCK (David Archer), CAROLE BOYD (Lynda Snell), TREVOR HARRISON (Eddie Grundy), LOUIZA PATIKAS (Helen Archer), HEDLI NIKLAUS (Kathy Perks) and EMERALD O’HANRAHAN (Emma Grundy).

CREATE: your own Archers sound effects

See the amazing and inventive ways we bring the countryside to your living room each evening


Drop in from 11.30am to relive dramatic highlights from The Archers past and present.
Listening sessions run for 30 minutes at 11.30 am, 12.15pm, 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.15pm.

EXPLORE: The Archers past and present

The Library of Birmingham will play host to an interactive Archers exhibition full of pictures, stories and opportunities to discover more about the history of the world’s longest-running drama series. 

TEST: your Ambridge knowledge 

You tune in every day, but just how much you know about your favourite radio soap? Come along and take our quiz! 

DISCOVER: Home Front - brand new drama for Radio 4

Scheduled to launch on the 100th anniversary of World War One, BBC Birmingham is developing a new daily 12 minute drama set in Britain during the Great War. Each episode will be set a hundred years to the day before broadcast and will last the length of the war. Home Front will tell the stories of the 41 million Britons who didn’t go to war, but who pinned their hearts to those who did.
To find out more visit the Archers BBC website


Mar 2014
Sat 29 11:30am Library of Birmingham


Map to venue

Library of Birmingham

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

Tel: 0121 242 4242 (Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm)

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday  8am - 8pm
Saturday  9am - 5pm
Sunday  11am - 4pm 

Wolfson Centre for Archival Research (Floor 4)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 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 or
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 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.


Lockers are available on every floor - £1 coin required.


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. 


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.

Tourist and Travel Information 

Birmingham’s only city centre Tourist Information Centre is located on the ground floor of the Library, offering information and tickets for visitor attractions and travel in the city and region.
There is a dedicated Travel Information Point in the Library foyer where you can check timetables and the latest travel information online. 

Pre-bookable Library tours

Tours are available for groups and individuals, and must be pre-booked. More information about tours and group visits here soon. 

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. 


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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