Bite Size Brum programme for 2019 / 2020
The Museum of Carpet, Stour Vale Mill, Kidderminster, 12st September: 10.15 for 10.30am
A guided visit to the only museum In the UK dedicated to carpets and carpet making. Not Brum’, but Kidderminster’s living legacy and an important industrial heritage site. Explore the social history of the industry, alongside the actual methods of carpet manufacturing and a look at the design archive. A demonstration of hand and power loom weaving will be part of the tour. Maybe a pub lunch afterwards.
‘Anchors Away’ A walk around land-locked Birmingham, 3rd October: Morning
This walk charts a meandering course through the backwaters coves and inlets of ‘Birmingham on Sea’. It will explain the use of the anchor by the assay office, and a Mermaid by the University. We wash up at the Anchor Inn Digbeth, where we can splice the mainbrace…... or at least enjoy a pub lunch.
A Backstage tour of ‘The Rep’, 7th November: Morning
Our tour takes us on a journey behind the scenes of one of Britain’s premier producing theatres. See how everything, from stage work, to wigs and wardrobes are created on site, with a good dash of Rep secrets and fascinating views of its past.
St Mary’s Convent Handsworth, 5th December: Morning
St Mary’s convent is an active community of the Sisters of Mercy founded in 1840 and its buildings designed by Augustus Pugin are now listed Grade11*. We have a guided tour of this special place followed by a restaurant style lunch in the refectory, cooked by their Vietnamese master chef.
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, 9th or 14th January: 10.30am – 12.30pm
In 2014 the Society celebrated the centenary of its first Exhibition and as part of associated activities, researched its archives. Our talk will look at some of the information found. We visit during one of the RBSA selling exhibitions so will be able to enjoy the products of today's Birmingham based artists.
Moseley Road Baths, 13th February 2020: Morning
A visit & ‘behind the scenes’ tour of this beautiful listed Edwardian swimming pool. Opened in 1907, it was an incentive for the people of Balsall Heath to join the newly created City of Birmingham. It is the only Grade 11* listed pool still open for public swimming. We will see and learn about many of its features which are now nationally & internationally unique.
The Birmingham Lock-up, 19th March 2020: Morning
The Steelhouse Lane Lock-up was used by West Midlands Police from 1891 to 2016 and still has many Victorian features. This Grade 11 listed building is now being developed as a Police museum. An insight into the dark underbelly of the industrial cities which created the wealth that inspired the art.
The Silver Factory, the Jewellery Quarter, probably 1st or 8th April 2020 AM or PM or both
Another very special remnant of the amazing diversity of highly skilled trades that made Birmingham. Established in 1881 JW Evans is one of the most complete surviving historic factories in the Jewellery Quarter. Packed with original machinery only 10 people are allowed in at one time.
Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, 12th May 2020: Morning
This unique open air museum in its lovely rural Worcestershire setting is home to over 30 historic buildings & structures, rescued & rebuilt . It also includes the national collection of telephone kiosks! Our guided tour will bring their history & architecture alive. The visit also include an opportunity to ride on the wonderful miniature railway run by the Bromsgrove Society of Model Engineers - Finish the trip with a picnic in the grounds or lunch in the Edwardian Tea Room?
Burne-Jones windows at St Martins Church and Birmingham Cathedral 4th June 2020 Morning
Burne-Jones designed 3 very different windows for three churches in Birmingham. During this visit we will learn about the earlier window at St Martins in the Bullring and the later wonderful windows for the then recently enlarged St Philips. (The third window is at St Mary the Virgin Acocks Green)
All of these trips are individually arranged and specially booked for our BITE SIZE BRUM Program so visits sometimes have to change. Individual visits will be listed with more details and booking forms, nearer the time of the event.