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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.

The Library of Birmingham, July 2013

2.7m visit Library of Birmingham in its first year

The number of people joining the library has leapt significantly, with a 140 per cent increase recorded

Library of Birmingham

Birmingham Literature Festival to return with ten-day library takeover

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales will be given a modern-day update and re-told on Chaucer Night

The Library of Birmingham, July 2013

One year on: How the Library of Birmingham brought the world to the city

'One million people streamed through the doors in the first 100 days, an astonishing 10,000 per day, and they keep on coming'

City Archaeologist Dr Mike Hodder who is retiring.

Birmingham's official archaeologist Dr Mike Hodder rewrote the city's history

As Birmingham's official archaeologist, Dr Mike Hodder made significant discoveries about the city's Stone Age and Roman past. Neil Elkes spoke to him as he left the council after 20 years in his post.

Balfour Beatty, which is leading the Midland Metro tram extension in Birmingham city centre, has been handed a revised merger deal from rival Carillion

Carillion ups ante with improved offer for Balfour Beatty

Black Country support services makes latest bid to tempt rival into merger deal with 36 per cent premium on previous valuation

Some of the cars on display at the Autosport International show at the NEC.

Sale of NEC 'complete by the end of the year'

Ents and exhibition space company also unveils small rise in turnover despite being hit by shortfall in live comedy

Emma Elston, Vitalise Business Women of the Year 2012; Naomi Gilchrist, Alison Taylor, Monique Sutherland, Squire Sanders; Gisela Stuart MP, Julia Wootton, Max Appeal.

Squire Patton Boggs law firm hosts discussion

Aspire to Inspire is one in a series of events hosted by Squire Patton Boggs to promote the growth of women in the legal industry.

Library of Birmingham which was led by support services giant Carillion

Carillion holds firm in Balfour Beatty merger

Black Country support services giant says it still believes in "powerful rationale" of combining two companies

Carillion headquarters at Birch Street, Wolverhampton

Balfour Beatty ends merger talks with Carillion

Deal which would have created £3bn support services powerhouse is off after Carillion wanted Parsons Brinckerhoff included in the merger

The Library of Birmingham

Architecture prize misses the point...

The new Library of Birmingham has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

Professor David Cox, CTC; Councillor James McKay, Richard Leonard, Birmingham City Council.

Birmingham Cycle Revolution tells business leaders to get on their bikes

Birmingham City Council and BPS hosted a business breakfast at The Library of Birmingham.

Library of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham takes on Shard in architecture prize

With its "Harry Potter rotunda" and "Willy Wonka-style glass lift", the Library of Birmingham was described by judges as a "landmark" and "bold addition to the city"

The front page of the first Hidden Spaces supplement from December 2013

Hidden Spaces photography project wins £10,000 from Heritage Lottery Fund

Series of features revealing the secret stories behind the city’s most recognisable buildings culminated in a photography exhibition that was visited by more than 3,500 people

Birmingham photographer Vanley Burke, 63, whose pictures are featured in the As Exciting As We Can Make It exhibition at the Ikon Gallery

Celebration of an extraordinary decade in history of city gallery

Ikon director Jonathan Watkins is revisiting the 1980s for the latest instalment of his gallery's year-long 50th anniversary celebrations. Graham Young reports

Billesley Primary School pupils perform Any Fool Can Start a War with Stan's Cafe. Shannon Randall as John Kennedy, Dejaun Whitelock as Fidel Castro and Rumman Islam as Nikita Krushchev.

Challenge for pupils to bring history to life

A Birmingham primary school is turning an international crisis into a drama. Roz Laws discovers why

The Centenary Connections mobile app

Birmingham digital company Nymbol builds app for major First World War heritage project in Manchester

Centenary Connections uncovers objects and stories from archives across Greater Manchester relating to the Great War and unites 26 arts and heritage organisations in the region

Joseph Chamberlain

Birmingham needs a new Joseph Chamberlain - university conference speakers

More than 100 people attended the two-day event, split between Newman University’s Bartley Green campus and the Library of Birmingham Studio Theatre

Comedian Jasper Carrott

People were telling me I could make it big in the States...but I like it here in Birmingham

Jasper Carrott made his TV debut 40 years ago and is now back on the road again. As he prepares to play the second biggest outdoor audience of his career, he talks to Graham Young about keeping it fresh

Damian Lloyd, GVA; Bill Maxted, De Montfort University; Wiliam Maunder Taylor, Kingfisher Property Finance; David Smith, Strata Real Estate, all Guest Speakers.

Positive outlook for property lending market

A property lending market seminar was held at the Library of Birmingham by the Investment Property Forum.

Birmingham Fest theatre event 2014 featuring Laugh-Able, comedy from people with disabilities.

Festival going from strength to strength in its second year

Birmingham plays host to a feast of cultural events next month. Roz Laws discovers what's in store

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