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Robert Wenley (deputy director) and John van Boolen (curatorial technician) manoeuvre the Picasso painting

Pictures: Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham unpacks a Picasso

Going on display on Friday, August 29, Woman Sleeping in a Chair will be at the gallery until March 2015

Picasso's Woman Sleeping in a Chair updated

Major coup for Birmingham as Picasso painting to go on display at Barber Institute

Painted in 1927, the picture has come from Japan and is believed to be the first major painting by the controversial Cubist ever to have gone on public exhibition in the city

Burrito Kitchen is one of five West Midlands businesses named in the Lloyds Bank Enterprise Awards shortlist

Five Midland businesses make Lloyds Bank Enterprise Awards shortlist

Three categories open to entrepreneurs currently studying or who graduated within the past five years and have been trading for more than one year

University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham to host South Africa during 2015 Rugby World Cup

Sutton Coldfield RFC also chosen as a base by tournament organisers and will welcome Romania and Somoa

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.

Ian Parkes - Marketing manager for Purity - with their new brew Longhorn IPA on show at the Birmingham Independent Food Fair at Millennium Point.

Food and drink producers gear up for Birmingham's first independent food and drink fair

As dozens of food and drink producers gear up for Birmingham's first independent food and drink fair next month Mary Griffin finds out what's in store and asks what sets the city's food scene apart.

Zena Wooldridge OBE, Director of Sport at the University of Birmingham

Birmingham Sports Awards: Birmingham University sponsors the Professional Sportsman of the Year

With a shortlist of three finalists to be drawn up for every one of 13 different award categories, nominees are itching to find out who is to be honoured.

19th century education reformer and politician George Dixon

Chris Game: George Dixon and Birmingham's first School Board elections in 1870

School boards were empowered to make attendance compulsory for five to 13-year olds, but not until 1880 were they required to.

CGI of new student halls at the University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham launches next phase of £300m regeneration

Hunt is on for contractor to build new student halls and sports complex next to Grange Road Gate

Jean Wilks CBE, former headmistress of King Edward VI High School for Girls who has died aged 97

Former headmistress of King Edward's VI High for Girls dies aged 97

Jean Wilks considered 'saw the best in people' and was known for broadening curriculum and battling for state-funded placements

Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore hails rebirth of Birmingham over 30 years but says more is to come

Sir Albert Bore says Birmingham can look forward to more years of growth

Dr James Wilkie, University of Birmingham; Andrew Moss, David Martin, both GVA.

Regional launch of GVA Knowledge Economy Research

GVA, launched its latest research report to the Midlands at Innovation Birmingham.

Dr Philippa Semper, a University of Birmingham lecturer

How Tolkien's fantasy novel almost never got published

It's 60 years since The Lord of the Rings heralded the dawn of a new era for fantasy writing. University of Birmingham lecturer Dr Philippa Semper, tells of JJR Tolkien's battle to get it on book shelves. Graham Young reports

The referendum vote for Scottish Independence.

Yes or no, Scotland is about to lose its biggest bargaining chip

Quebec suggests the threat to hold and win a referendum could be Scotland's most powerful bargaining chip - after that, all bets are off.

From left: Neil Rawlinson, of the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Stefan Scherer and Brian Kyte, of Alicona, and Peter Corby, of the Manufacturing Technology Centre

Alicona joins Manufacturing Technology Centre

Specialist measurement and metrology company to tap into engineering expertise at MTC

Preparations for The 100 Swimmers at Moseley Road Baths

100 swimmers from across UK descend on Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham for photography project

Reaction to the news that Birmingham City Council intends to close the historic building permanently in 2015

An image of how the Lapworth Museum is expected to look. Real Studios have been appointed to the redesign project

University of Birmingham awarded geology grant

Birmingham's Lapworth Museum of Geology has been awarded a £1.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help fund its redevelopment

City planners slammed over Selly Oak proposals

Council branded 'ridiculous' over project to covert family homes into large student flats near University of Birmingham

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Jazz Diary with Peter Bacon

Peter Bacon rounds-up the coming week of jazz events in the West Midlands.

MTC, at Ansty Business Park, Coventry

GVA wins Ansty Park management brief

Birmingham-based consultancy will provide service charge management, budgeting and accounting

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