Archive for September, 2013

Photographing in galleries

I just encountered (yet again) an officious photography policy in a free public-sector museum and gallery. What is the point of filling in a slip of paper, when they never ask for proof of ID? If I was really a pro photographer looking to rip them off for commercial stock photography, then I would give […]

Brum hears the cultural hum

Birmingham City Council is currently recruiting a new Head of Cultural & Creative Economy, a p/t Culture Officer for the Culture Commissioning Team, and a full-time Film Birmingham Assistant.

State of Play

State of Play is a new report from Ticketmaster, which has crunched its UK Big Data to inform… “the first major investigation into the theatre sector by the world’s largest ticketing company” … “mixes information from its own ticket transaction data with survey responses from a representative sample of the UK population, as well as […]

Station to Station

Mobile sound lab, crossing America on a train…

Ancestry for Birmingham

The genealogy megasaurus has updated, according to Anglo-Celtic Connections blog… Newly indexed at Ancestry, with image originals, are Church of England (Anglican) records for Birmingham, England’s second city: Birmingham, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937: 828,910 records Birmingham, England, Baptisms, 1813-1912: 700,147 records Birmingham, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812: 551,771 records Birmingham, England, Burials, […]

FutureLearn launches

Just launched, new free online-only short-courses from the UK’s FutureLearn (includes Birmingham / Warwick / Loughborough universities, from the Midlands). Here are all of FutureLearn’s creative/media/business online courses, ordered by start date: THE SECRET POWER OF BRANDS (14th Oct). BEGIN PROGRAMMING: BUILD YOUR FIRST MOBILE GAME (28th October). CRITICAL LISTENING FOR STUDIO PRODUCTION (13th January […]


Sad to hear that Blitz Games, always a big name in Midlands videogames, is closing down… “Blitz Games Studios, a major video games maker based in Leamington Spa, has shut down. The firm had been creating games for 23 years, and employed 175 people — 50 of whom will be kept on to work on […]

Technology Strategy Board competitions

Birmingham launch on 15th October 2013 for two new competitions from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board: 1. Cross Platform Production Tools — “up to £15m” collaborative R&D call for projects intended to stimulate innovation in digital media production tools and systems:    a) Single Company -led Feasibility Studies projects of 12 months in duration, with up […]

Library of Birmingham slideshow

The new public Library of Birmingham is due to officially open tomorrow. The BBC have a photo slideshow of the interior.