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Hidden Spaces supplements

Birmingham's Hidden Spaces

Birmingham’s varied past is charted through its rich and diverse architectural heritage and it’s this that gives the city its unique identity. In these Hidden Spaces features Matthew Goer, of Associated Architects, takes a rare glimpse behind the façades of some of Birmingham’s best-known buildings and also discovers some lesser-known, hidden spaces within the city, to reveal the people and stories that have shaped its history.

 

Edgbaston Waterworks (Edgbaston Pumping Station) designed by John Henry Chamberlain and William Martin around 1870. The engine house, boiler house, and chimney are Grade II listed buildings.

Hidden Spaces: Edgbaston Waterworks - an inspiration to Tolkien

The original grade II listed buildings at the Edgbaston Waterworks are intricately designed and beautiful parts of the city's skyline

Moseley Road Baths

Hidden Spaces: Moseley Road Baths' Victorian splendour

The spectacular Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath is a well-preserved snapshot of Edwardian society and a fascinating insight into the social history of this city

The Aston Webb building at the University of Birmingham.

Hidden Spaces: The University of Birmingham’s world-class architecture

The University of Birmingham is one of the citiy's greatest institutions and their expansive campus at Edgbaston holds more than a few hidden spaces

Inside the Birmingham Central Mosque

Hidden Spaces: The unique Birmingham Central Mosque

Birmingham Central Mosque remains an almost unique institution in the UK not being aligned to any single school of Islam

Caban Coch Reservoirs at Elan Valley.

Hidden Spaces: Elan Valley Aqueduct's tunnels deep underground

If the Edgbaston Waterworks were the key to the industrialisation of Birmingham then the Elan Valley Aqueduct was the lock that was opened

The Church of the Holy Prince Lazar, also known as Lazarica Church, Serbian Orthodox church, Bournville.

Hidden Spaces: The Byzantine beauty of Lazarica Church

Lazarica Church is a true Birmingham gem, part quirky, part beautiful, a little known slice of Byzantine in Bournville

The Central Hall on Corporation Street in Birmingham.

Hidden Spaces: Methodist Central Hall behind the scenes

The three storey Grade II* listed Methodist Central Hall is an instantly recognisable part of Birmingham’s city centre skyline

The Carillon (bells/tower) at Bournville Junior School, Bournville, Birmingham.

Hidden Spaces: The Gothic Bournville Carillon which gives the village its melody

Walking through Bournville you might hear a haunting, gothic melody, something close to a mish mash of bells and an organ, this is the mesmerising sound of the Bournville Carillon

The office of Otto Frisch and Rudolph Peierls in the Aston Webb building at the University of Birmingham.

Hidden Spaces: The barely changed room where the atom bomb was born

This is the Birmingham office where plans for the atom bomb were secretly drawn up – five years before Hiroshima

The gilded boar's head weathervane on St Philips Cathedral, Birmingham.

Hidden Spaces: The bits of St. Philip's Cathedral you never see

We’ve managed to capture some intimate rooftop shots of the Cathedral grounds and the wider Colmore Business District from the Grade I listed St. Philip’s

The Christopher Wray building in Bartholomew Row, Birmingham City Centre. exclusive

£15m redevelopment plans for Christopher Wray complex

Old lighting factory which dates back to the early 1700s set to be reborn as student tower with bars and restaurants

The former Birmingham Municipal Savings Bank on Broad Street

Hidden Spaces exhibition launches at former Municipal Bank

Event welcomes 150 to bank building Broad Street as free exhibition runs all this week's featuring photos of Birmingham's rich architectural heritage

The former Birmingham Municipal Savings Bank on Broad Street.

Hidden Spaces: Birmingham Municipal Bank photography exhibition to open to public

Exhibition is culmination of the Hidden Spaces ‘Unlocked 2015’ programme of events

The Electric Cinema in Birmingham - one of many 'Hidden Spaces' around the city

Video: Hidden Spaces events launched at Electric cinema

Short film showcases some of the buildings which will feature in a month-long programme of events taking a look behind some of Birmingham's neglected places

The Birmingham Post Hidden Spaces

Hidden Spaces quiz: How much do you know about our featured Birmingham buildings?

Answer our ten questions to see how much you know about Birmingham's architecture and the Hidden Spaces project

House Purchase document for Birmingham Municipal Bank

Hidden Spaces: The story of Britain's first Municipal Savings Bank

The building was designed by Thomas Cecil Howitt, the architect of the nearby and equally grand Baskerville House

Sealed-off section of railway tunnel beneath Old Square

Hidden Spaces: Subterranean Birmingham - exploring the world beneath our feet

We've carved beneath the city an invisible network of service tunnels, subways, crypts, catacombs, bomb shelters, cellars, mine shafts, railway lines and roads, writes Ben Waddington

The Assay Office in Birmingham

Hidden Spaces Unlocked: Full listings for June 2015 open days and events

2015 Hidden Spaces ‘Unlocked’ events programme follows the feedback from hugely popular Curzon Street Station exhibition

The old ABC cinema in New Street and Ethel Street in Birmingham city centre.

Hidden Spaces: The old ABC on New Street and Birmingham's lost traces of cinema heritage

The origins of the Odeon chain, one of the largest cinema chains in Europe, trace back to Birmingham

The Barber Institute of Fine Art at Birmingham University.

Birmingham's Hidden Spaces: Legacy of Barber Institute of Fine Arts founders lives on

Husband and wife duo's Art Deco building continues to attract some of the world's finest art to Edgbaston

In This Week's Paper

Journalists

Graeme Brown
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Neil Elkes
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor