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Library Of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square opened in September 2013 and was a £188m replacement for the city’s 1970s-built Central Library which was closed in July 2013. The new building was designed by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo and seen as a flagship project in Birmingham’s regeneration. It is the largest public library in the UK and the largest public cultural space in Europe.

Library of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham cuts are an embarrassment, writers claim

In a letter published this week in the Birmingham Post, the Guild calls on citizens and arts and culture organisations across the region to demand funding is reinstated

Colmore Row in 1953, one of many pictures on the Brumpic website

Pictures: More of Brumpic's scenes of Birmingham from yesteryear

The Post presents a second gallery of nostalgic images courtesy of the Brumpic website showing how Birmingham looked in a completely different era

Eric Pickles

Damning reports and massive cuts leave us in a real pickle

It has been a difficult week for Birmingham City Council as two national reports have prompted yet more negative headlines and another wave of budget cuts unveiled.

Library of Birmingham director Brian Gambles to leave after cuts

The director praised for steering the project through its development over the last decade, will retire early next year

The Library of Birmingham updated

Library of Birmingham, parks and care services cut in crushing council budget

About 100 of the Library’s 188 staff will go as opening hours are cut from 73 to 40 per week and extra services for the public are stopped

Birmingham City Council

Unions blame Government over latest Birmingham City Council job cuts

The Library of Birmingham and a plethora of leisure services are among those to be scaled back to trim tens of millions of pounds off Birmingham City Council’s budget


Job threat as Library of Birmingham opening hours to be slashed in city budget cuts

Less than two years after the £188 million library opened, about 100 staff could be made redundant as opening hours are cut from 73 to 40 hours per week

Plantsbrook School students celebrate their GCSE results

Carillion lands deal to refurbish six West Midlands schools

The support services firm will deliver the Midlands Private Finance Batch under the Priority School Building Programme

Birmingham Conservatoire Dean hits back after new building deemed 'ugly'

New plans for the building at Millennium Point received a less than positive response from social media onlookers

Trench cello made from an oil can in the Worcestershire County Museum collection

First world war exhibitions reveal the human heartache suffered by many

  • WW1

There have been plenty of exhibitions marking the centenary of the First World War. Chris Upton takes a look at a few of them

Artist Dean Kelland and his Just Like That film commissioned for About Town in Birmingham

Video art exhibition About Town to take place in Birmingham car park

About Town exhibition devised by Birmingham Hippodrome and Ikon Gallery.

'A Real Birmingham Family' statue with (from left) Roma Jones, artist Gillian Wearing, Shaye-Jones Amin, Emma Jones and her son Isaac, Kyan Ishann Jones

Ikon Gallery hits back over Real Birmingham Family statue outcry

Created by Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing, the life-sized bronze sculpture depicts a pregnant Emma Jones, 27, and her sister Roma, 29, with children Kyan, four, and Shaye, five

Jazz musicians to commemorate First World War in free performances around Birmingham

Young city musicians helping to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War by re-interpreting the jazz of that era

String quartet The Stringcredibles are taking the sounds of the First World War out on tour

Violinist from the CBSO reveals how string quartet is educating children about the First World War

Young composer Dominic Mason who has composed a piece of work as a tribute to the outbreak of the First World War

Dominic Mason to premiere new work at the Library of Birmingham

Young composer Dominic Mason has come up with his own tribute to mark the outbreak of the First World War and secured the services of an acting great to contribute to it. It will premiere at the Library of Birmingham on November 9. Alison Jones reports.

Gillian Wearing, A Real Birmingham Family, 2014, courtesy the artist, Ikon, Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England

New statue unveiled outside Library of Birmingham

Artwork by Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing aims to show what a typical family is in today's modern Britain

Author M John Harrison will be one of the readers at the launch of the Best British Short Stories anthology

Library of Birmingham to host launch of Best British Short Stories

 This year's version of the anthology is dedicated to Joel Lane who died last year aged 50

Shop units converted from an old factory in Fargo Village

Joe Holyoak: Ordinary architecture can be out of the ordinary

Big, expensive architecture was in the news as the Library of Birmingham lost out in the Stirling Prize.

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Coppelia

Arts prioritised as Birmingham City Council weighs up major cuts

The council leader said facilities like the Symphony Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and groups like the Birmingham Royal Ballet are crucial

Court Collaboration recruits Ivan Woodward as projects director

Director will oversee development of former Snobs building and 130 Colmore Row, where Lasan is setting up a new venture

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