Archive for the ‘Birmingham’ Category

Percy Grainger collection now partly online and public

The British Library has released a large collection of English folk song recordings made by Percy Grainger. Here are some from south and mid Staffordshire… A frog he would a-wooing go (Black Country). As I ran down between the barley (Tettenhall). Come all you blades (Tettenhall). Black Country story of how the Jack donkey swallowed […]

15 pence for the No.11

Marvellous mechanicals

Summer 2018 exhibitions at Compton Verney in Warwickshire.

Corporation Street

A unusually good street-level view of Corporation Street, Birmingham. Electric trams. The presence of the City School of Wireless Telegraphy, Ltd., and the soldier in uniform, suggests a date of about 1919.

Lecturer in Popular Fiction, Birmingham

Lecturer in Popular Fiction, University of Birmingham, UK. “The successful candidate will have research expertise in popular genre fiction (with Horror, the Thriller, Noir, Mystery, or Young/New Adult as areas of research interest that would be particularly desirable).” On the slim assumption that this is a rare English Literature centre that hasn’t effectively become a […]

Digital histories

“The Museum of London has started contacting digital agencies and web designers from the 90s and early 2000s in order to locate saved content. At the same time the museum will be running an oral history project to document the untold story of the beginnings of the Web in London. At the same time the […]

Innovate UK

Innovate UK, in Birmingham. The event… “will explore themes such as robotics and urban planning and what this means for the individual, business and government. Other topics include artificial intelligence, smart cities, alternative food sources and space exploration.” 8th to 9th November 2017 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, UK. NEC not looking […]

John Baskerville: Art and Industry in the Enlightenment

A new Birmingham history book, just published: John Baskerville: Art and Industry in the Enlightenment… “Baskerville was a Birmingham inventor, entrepreneur and artist with a worldwide reputation who made eighteenth-century Birmingham a city without typographic equal, by changing the course of type design.”

It’s a Beast…

BEAST FEaST 2018, 26th – 28th April 2018, at the University of Birmingham, UK. Three days of electroacoustic music, meetings and ideas. Sadly all the submission dates have been and gone.

“No events found”

“No events found” for BM&AG: Adults / Exhibitions. I had the same result a year ago, when researching the new 2017 exhibitions. It’s not due to the lack a date input either, as the same setting gives a range of events when ‘Exhibitions’ is not the drop-down choice.


The Drayton Manor theme park’s science-fiction fireworks display this autumn, Sky-Fi. “Will have you truly enthralled and entertained, with fireworks set to music from sci-fi favourites including Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars [etc].” Very expensive, but it sounds refreshingly different.

Brexit, what Brexit?

Looking through Eventbrite in the West Midlands. Where are the local “Are you Ready for Brexit?” and “How to Get the Most From Brexit” and “Preparing for a Great Brexit” events? Businesses and universities seem to be still trundling along for a snooze at “European Funding Workshop: Part 23” etc.

Secondhand bookshops, coming back?

Wormwoodania muses on The Rise of Secondhand Bookshops in Britain, and crunches the overall numbers with the aid of a 1984 Driff’s Guide and the current thebookguide. “So we can see that there are indeed more second-hand bookshops in the UK than there were thirty years ago, in fact about 25% more.” Interesting. Yes, given […]

New report: BBC spending in the Midlands

The Campaign for Regional Broadcasting Midlands has a new report out… “The new annual report showed the BBC spent just 1.5% of its programming budget in the Midlands in 2016, down from 1.8% the year previously.” Admittedly Birmingham will soon get BBC Three, but on investigation that’s less impressive than it sounds. According to Computer […]

Birmingham like Paris

Birmingham New St. toward the Town Hall, circa 1900-1912? Looking like Paris. Lightly repaired and colorised… The silent film “Light-House Keepers”, seen being advertised, can’t give a firm fix on the date as it appears to be a ‘forgotten movie’.

Prospect of Bermingham (1600s)

Public domain and hi-res: “The Prospect of Bermingham, from Ravenshurst (neere London-road) on the South-east part of towne (Birmingham).” Wenceslaus Hollar of Bohemia. Might have been made at any time from around 1625-1660. Plus the British fashions of the time, by the same artist. The inscribed date on the muffs (engraved 1644 from an 1640 […]

£10m funding for Black Country Living Museum

Excellent news, £10m funding for Black Country Living Museum to create 450 jobs. The £10m from the Lottery will then lead into a… “second-round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund in October 2018 to release the rest of the funding [a “£21.7m project”]. If successful, construction will begin with a view to be completed in […]

Senior Lecturer in Games Art

Lovely job… Coventry University wants a Senior Lecturer in Games Art, at up to £52k full-time. Ref: REQ005098.

1000 volunteer mentors needed

The new elected Mayor of the inner West Midlands is seeking 1000 volunteer mentors to help guide unemployed young people into the world of work. Sounds good. Though so far as I can tell it only covers the inner ‘Greater Birmingham’ bit of the West Midlands, not the real West Midlands.

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Jobs

Vacancies for Casual Gallery Assistants at The New Art Gallery Walsall. REF: EE02017. Deadline: 18th June 2017. Obviously not closed yet, then.