1759: 250 years

250th anniversary of the founding of the firm of Wedgwood.

1809: 200 years

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin is in February 2009.

The 200th anniversary of the death of Matthew Boulton, one of the main players in the industrial revolution, is in August 2009.

The 200th anniversary of the founding of The Society of Birmingham Artists.

1909: 100 years

In 1909, the famous Raleigh bicycle started production, equipped with a Sturmey Archer 3-Speed hub.

BSA completed the prototype for their first production motorcycle in 1909.

The University of Birmingham opened in 1909.

Fircroft College of Adult Education was founded in 1909.

Birmingham School of Art’s new School of Architecture was formed in 1909.

The Electric Cinema opened in Birmingham in 1909.

The original Moor Street station opened in 1909.

Morris & Co. made the Burne-Jones tapesteries Love and the Pilgrim and The Pilgrim in the Garden in 1909.

1959: 50 years

Sir Alec Issigonis (1906-1988), designer of cars, develops and puts into production the famous “Mini” car at Longbridge in 1959.

Birmingham City Council sold ‘unwanted’ works from the art collection, including (tragically) the late-19th century Birmingham School artists Joseph Southall and Arthur Gaskin. Eight works by Birmingham watercolourist David Cox were also sold off as ‘unwanted’.