Birmingham residents are being offered the chance to secure a place in the city’s history when a new museum gallery opens next year.
As part of the £9.7 million Birmingham history galleries, which will open in autumn 2012, staff at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery have been developing a number of oral history projects on aspects of Birmingham life.
The ‘Your Birmingham’ gallery will explore the histories and stories of a wide range of local people through objects, text, photographs, audio and film. The new gallery will also play host to Birmingham’s iconic HP factory sign – saved when the Aston factory was demolished in 2007.
Staff are currently collecting stories on the following:
Suburban Birmingham in the first half of the twentieth century
- Working at Austin Motor Works, Longbridge
- Working at Cadbury’s
- Working at ChadValley, Harborne
- Moving to Kingstanding or WeoleyCastle estates
- 40s - 90s Lewis's Store: shoppers/employees
- 50s The Duddeston Four or Prefabs: first residents
- 60s Birmingham Nightclubs in the 1950s/60s: People who owned/went out to Birmingham nightclubs
- 1964 The Bull Ring: shoppers/shopkeepers
- 2000 - 2003 Bullring: shoppers/shopkeepers
- HP Factory: Workers/HP Sauce enthusiasts
- Duran Duran: fans
- 1947 Winter: Birmingham people who experienced the winter in Birmingham
- 1953 End of the Trams: Birmingham people who remember travelling on the last trams in the city
- 1968 Rivers of Blood Speech: people present at speech or affected in aftermath
- 1977 Silver Jubilee: Birmingham people who celebrated in Birmingham
- 1986 / 1987 / 1988 / 1989 Super Prix: Birmingham spectators/participants
How to tell your story:
Use our on-line form
Go to the the Your Birmingham group on Flickr to upload photos of your objects and tell your story.
Contact: Mariyam Ali 0121 303 4585, 07920576831