Birmingham Heritage Week is a city-wide festival that celebrates the city’s rich and fascinating history.
Returning for its fifth year, the festival will see some of the city’s hidden gems open their doors to curious visitors with over 150 events from exhibitions and walks to open days and workshops taking place over eleven days from 12th to 22nd September 2019.
This year sees the introduction of virtual tours courtesy of ScanTech Digital of some of Birmingham’s historic buildings including the Roundhouse which allows viewers to explore key heritage locations at their leisure from the comfort of their own homes.
If you’re feeling spoiled for choice, here’s a few selected highlights from me:
• The Serbian Orthodox Church of the Holy Prince Lazar. Saturday 14th September 2019 | 10am – 4pm.
The Church of the Holy Prince Lazar, also known as Lazarica Church, is a Serbian Orthodox church located in Bournville. It was the first purpose built Serbian Orthodox church in the UK and was constructed by exiles Serbs and their supporters. Built in traditional 14th-century Byzantine form the building itself is worth visiting however it’s the richly decorated influenced frescoes painted by Dušan Mihajlović which cover the interior walls and ceilings of the church which takes your breath away.
• Soho House. Sunday 15th September 2019 | 11am – 4pm.
Home to leading industrialist and Lunar Society member Matthew Boulton, Soho House is a stunning Georgian mansion which you can view for free on 15th September. You’ll learn all about Boulton’s family life and how servants worked during the 18th century.
You can read more about Soho House in my post here
• Celebrating William Mitchell and Birmingham’s Public Art. Sunday 22nd September 2019 | 2.30pm – 4pm.
Created in 1968 William Mitchell’s murals which were constructed of cast concrete and form three walls of a large square under Hockley flyover are a visual delight.
The murals feature in a video which forms part of a presentation celebrating William Mitchell and other public art in Birmingham. There will also be an opportunity to discuss the current state of public art in the city at this Heritage Week event.
You can check out my post on Hockley Flyover here
• Sarehole Mill. Friday 13th September 2019 and Sunday 15th September 2019 | 12pm – 12.45pm or 2pm – 2.45pm.
Sarehole Mill is one of only two working water mills in Birmingham and was an inspiration to the author J.R.R Tolkien who used the mill as a location for Lord of the Rings for the mill at Hobbiton.
There are several events at Sarehole Mill during Birmingham Heritage Week including costumed tours on the dates listed above.
• Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Saturday 14th September 2019 | 10.30am – 5pm
Tours start at 10.45am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 3.15pm and 3pm
Formerly the Smith & Pepper jewellery factory which simply shut up shop in 1981, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is a perfectly preserved workshop. As part of Birmingham Heritage Week you can explore this unique time capsule and discover what it was like to work there.
To view the full 2019 programme, visit Birmingham Heritage Week.