Classic pictures of a changing Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s are to go on display next month.
The Nicklin Unseen images will be displayed in the city’s business quarter after securing a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant.
The photographs, by Phyllis Nicklin, were discovered by David Oram, of the Brumpic website, which is working with Colmore Business District (CBD) on the exhibition which will feature 50 images taken between 1953 and 1969.
HLF has provided £10,000 towards the exhibition which also includes a tie-in with city gallery Reuben Colley Fine Art and launches in Snow Hill Square on October 1.
Brumpic founder David Oram told the Post: “The aim has always been to get as many of these pictures out there in front of as many people as possible.
“Very few of the Nicklin images have yet been seen. There were the ones published in the Post but there’s a lot more.
“There has been a real interest in them. Usually these kinds of things stick around for a month or two but these have remained at the forefront.
“The quality of the images has shone through. It has never been a difficult sell with anyone and when the Colmore BID saw them they wanted to do an exhibition. They are massively important pictures of Birmingham.”
CBD has been working alongside Mr Oram, who is co-curating with Pete James, to deliver the outdoor exhibition.
Nicklin Unseen has received additional funding from transport consultancy JMP and is supported by University of Birmingham, Library of Birmingham and Reuben Colley Fine Art.
Mike Best, board director at CBD, said it was a good time to chart changes in the city centre.
He said: “Birmingham city centre is undergoing a considerable transformation at the moment, not unlike the one Phyllis herself witnessed almost 60 years ago.
“As the Second City evolves with developments such as Grand Central, Paradise Circus and the Beorma Quarter all under way, we felt it was important for people who live, work and visit to look back at the last social, architectural and urban transformation which took place.”
Phyllis Nicklin was born in Birmingham in 1909 and lived through the widespread structural changes the city later experienced.
She was a graduate and postgraduate of the University of Birmingham and a temporary lecturer at the University of Nottingham during the Second World War before pursuing a career in teaching and teacher training.
She later became a staff tutor in geography at the extra-mural department at the University of Birmingham and died in 1969.