A LONG-FORGOTTEN film from the 1980s which shows Broad Street and Brindleyplace as a boarded-up building site, has been shared with a global audience after being digitally restored.
Music promoter Dave Travis shot the super 8 footage - which can be watched on Vimeo - in 1987 while the whole area was being transformed as part of one of the biggest regeneration schemes Birmingham has ever seen.
Mr Travis, a keen photographer, took thousands of pictures of the area at the time, and after acquiring an old cine camera at a jumble sale for £5 decided to shoot some film of the scene too.
Now his film, which was gathering dust in an attic, is being given a new lease of life, both online and as part of the Ikon Gallery’s 50th birthday celebrations.
It offers a unique insight into the development of the ICC and Brindleyplace and features some familiar sites, including the run-down Oozells Street Board School, which became the Ikon Gallery, and the Victorian pub the Brasshouse.
It also show and the ICC under construction, with cranes towering above it and hoardings describing it as: “The first purpose-built convention centre to rival anything in the world”.
Mr Travis, who at the time ran the legendary Click Club at Burberries in Broad Street, is leading one of the Ikon Traces Walking Tours on August 3.
The 70-minute tour will revisit venues from the 80s, including Burberry’s, which is now a car park, and Mr Travis will share his memories and reminiscences from the time.
It concludes with a 30-minute presentation of a selection of his band photo shoots and video footage from the era, including the super 8 film.
Explaining how he came to shoot it Mr Travis said: “I promoted bands and club nights all through the eighties and nineties.
“We rarely had anything on a Sunday and I used to take photos before and during the construction.
“One week having just bought an old super 8 camera at a jumble sale I thought I would take some film instead of stills.”
A former art student, Mr Travis used a variety of techniques - including animation - in the film as he charted the transformation of the area around Broad Street.
He added: “From a historical perspective it would have been better if I stuck the camera on a tripod and did slow pans but that would have been boring.”
Mr Travis, who also promoted gigs at the Birmingham Institute and Barrel Organ in Digbeth, as well as at Aston Villa Leisure Centre, said Broad Street had played a key role in the history of Birmingham’s music and nightlife.
It featured famous clubs such as Barbarellas, which was at the vanguard of punk rock in the seventies and the Rum Runner which was pivotal in the New Romantic scene in the early eighties.
The heyday of the Click Club at Burberries came later, but for a time it was the go-to venue in the city to see emerging bands and those who were about to hit the big time.
Bands who played there included The Damned, Primal Scream, James, Killing Joke, Inspiral Carpets, Pop Will Eat Itself and the James Taylor Quartet.
To see Mr Travis’s film visit http://vimeo.com/100049261. To sign-up for his walking tour on August 3 call the Ikon shop on
0121 248 0711. Tickets cost £5.