Archive for the ‘Birmingham’ Category

Curator of Natural Science

Curator of Natural Science at Birmingham Museums… “to lead on a number of significant projects and to research and develop Birmingham’s important collection … covering botany, entomology, zoology and earth sciences” with an initial focus on setting up child-friendly displays. Deadline: 20th March 2017.

Pull My Finger

Pull My Finger podcast pilot (and currently eight podcasts). Lead presenter Tony James not only has a great voice, he has a great offer on Fiverr: a 150-word smooth West Midlands working-class voiceover. Sounds like he’s originally from north-east Birmingham/Walsall?

Birmingham stereograph

A high-res public-domain stereograph of the station at Birmingham, England, in the later Victorian period. Should be possible to repair, and do a large format 3D view of this. Perhaps in some colorised lenticular manner. I’m not going to be the one who does that, so feel free to ‘have at it’…

Trigger warning: map-spreading

The social media accounts of Birmingham’s local councillors, mapped, all bar a few bits of Aston…

New gallery at Wightwick Manor

The William Morris -associated house near Wolverhampton, Wightwick Manor, has a new gallery opening soon. “We’ve begun work converting the Old Malthouse into an exciting new art gallery. The gallery will open in April 2017 with the launch of our partnership with the De Morgan Foundation.”

“T’wit ‘t whooo?”

Birmingham’s local councillors now have a handy up-to-date spreadsheet listing their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Treepedia

MIT Treepedia, using Google Street View to determine the extent of a city’s “green canopy” of trees, at least those visible along the roads. The website currently has a demo for 10 cities, but it seems that Green View Index comparison between a great many of the world’s cities is planned… “we will continue to […]

Museum of Science Fiction

There’s a Museum of Science Fiction, near Worcester (UK).

Birmingham Mail website makeover

New website for the Birmingham Mail newspaper. In design terms it’s quite pleasing. Nice clean layout, although I run AdBlockPlus so my first glimpse of it was without adverts. An eight second load-time for the front page, for me. Photos not too ‘shouty’ or ‘grim’, but I still blocked all news story images on it […]

Birmingham City University – research repository

Birmingham City University has just launched a public research repository. Currently it’s too new to be indexed by Google, which would enable one to discover if there’s actually any full-text open access PDFs in there. Most record pages I tried were “full-text not available”, even when one went back a year or two. Which seems […]

Dull Brum

A stunning level of boring uniformity and dullness was on show to the press yesterday, as Birmingham’s bosses officially backed the Coventry bid for City of Culture. Expect better odds on the gritty bid from Stoke-on-Trent as the winner of City of Culture, from today.

A Midlands Engine mis-fire

Midlands Engine chairman Sir John Peace appears to favour Coventry for City of Culture, while forgetting about the equally major bid by the West Midlands city of Stoke-on-Trent… “Sir John said the Midlands is readying itself for a “golden decade” which will include the arrival of HS2 in 2026. Birmingham has also put its name […]

Middle Earth, a major Tolkien biopic

I’m pleased to hear that a very major Birmingham / Staffordshire movie is going ahead. Directed by James Strong (Downton Abbey), Middle Earth will explore Tolkien’s early life and his romance with Edith Bratt. The screenwriter will be Angus Fletcher, and The Lord of the Rings producers Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne are both on […]

New Art Gallery, old leftist tactics

I see that the bedraggled remnants of the political left are scaremongering widely in the media around a possible “closure” of Walsall’s New Art Gallery. Aided by Walsall’s Labour-led council, which used the word “closure” as part of a pitch aimed at justifying and driving through a rise in Council Tax. One has to dig […]

Libre Baskerville

Libre Baskerville, a historical Birmingham font now made web-tastical… “Libre Baskerville is webfont optimized for web body text (typically 16px). It’s based on 1941 ATF Specimens, but it has a taller x height, wider counters and minor contrast that allow it to work on small sizes in any screen.”

Coin Curator at the Barber Institute

Wow, what a fabulous job. Coin Curator at the Barber Institute, University of Birmingham… “The Barber Institute is home to one of the finest collections in the world of Roman, Byzantine, medieval Islamic and medieval and modern Hungarian coins. The Byzantine section is arguably second only to that at Dumbarton Oaks. The whole collection consists […]

Kidding?

BMAG gives up entirely on the quaint notion that temporary exhibitions might actually be for adults…

King Edward’s School, New Street

A 25 minute documentary about the important school that used to stand in New Street, Birmingham, from 1838-1936: King Edward’s School – “New Street Remembered”. Also documentaries by the same film-maker on two of the school’s most famous pupils: Tolkien’s Great War and Tolkien’s good friend R. Q. Gilson.

Glass making lives on in South Staffordshire – new £5.5m glass museum, studios, maker network website

I’m pleased to see there’s a new £5.5m glass museum in South Staffordshire (*) which is having open days and which is only a few months away from fully opening in 2017. To be more precise the new museum is in Wordsley, which is my ancestral village and also where my ancestors engraved glass in […]

New Audience Multimedia Journalist (trainee)

Excellent job in Birmingham, albeit with the Birmingham Mail: “Trinity Mirror plc is looking for a New Audience Multimedia Journalist (trainee) to generate story ideas, write them with our digital audience in mind, create and curate further multi-media content and put together total content packages that work brilliantly on all of our platforms.” Deadline: 4th […]