St Mary’s Convent is run as a Charity by the Union of the Sisters of Mercy, an apostolic order working in the community. They embrace people of all faiths and cultures, and of no faith at all. They put a great emphasis on hospitality and are looking forward to welcoming us to their Convent. It was founded in 1840 and designed by Augustus Pugin at the same time as he was designing Birmingham’s St Chad’s Cathedral. In 1952 the Convent was designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building. Come and visit this beautiful building and learn more about the work of the Sisters in the community.
Please note that, as a Charity, donations on the day to the invaluable work of the Sisters will always be very
gratefully received by them.
TASBE First Night at our new venue, The Ruddock Centre for Performing Arts.
We experienced drama on the day hearing that our lecturer Simon Seligman was ill and could not attend.
Nevertheless he was able to download a recording of his talk , Debo Mitford, Derbyshire’s Duchess. Our grateful thanks to the background team at the Ruddock who set up the recording for our audience.
It was a shame Simon could not be with us. The recording was splendid including his commentary. The illustrated photographs of Debo’s life and contribution to Chatsworth was fascinating.
The talk was preceded by a tribute to the late John Pogmore, from Mike Emens and Joe Jordan. They gave us anecdotes about John’s life as a doctor and his work as a surgeon at Birmingham Women's Hospital.
John would welcome everyone as they entered the Barber Institute for our lecture evenings. He was also instrumental in arranging visits for TASBE to places of specific interest.
About 70 people came along for the evening.
It was a great pleasure to meet up with colleagues and friends once more, with the sound of conversations echoing through our splendid new venue.
We look forward to being at the Ruddock for the next talk on 25th November.
We are moving to a new location!
The Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Performing Arts Centre.
The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre is a collaborative project between King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls and was officially opened on Friday 27th April 2012 by Sir Paul Ruddock, a major benefactor of the project and the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education.
Designed to support high quality performing arts provisions. The centre is one of the most significant new buildings on the Edgbaston site since the two schools moved here in 1936. It boasts two main spaces in the Performing Arts Centre. The Ruddock Hall which accommodates an orchestra of 90 and an audience of over 400 plus a drama studio with a flexible design that accommodates an audience of 120. The centre also houses a studio designed specifically for dance which benefits from panoramic open views across Winterbourne Gardens offering performers a unique, open rehearsal and performance space with plenty of natural light.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our future events, stay tuned to our website to find out more about upcoming events and how to reserve a place.