Birmingham in 1964: 13 old pictures showing what life was like for Brummies 60 years ago

Birmingham was a very different city in 1964 - from the music to the culture - we’re looking back at some old photos from the year to see how much has changed in 60 years

Today we’re travelling 60 years into Birmingham’s past to check out 13 old photos and see just how much the city has changed.

In Birmingham, 1964 was a year that saw the completion of the Bull Ring Centre and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, came to the city to open the centre.

Plenty of new housing was also built across the city, and it was also a year in which The Beatles came to visit, playing a gig at the Odeon.

The city was starting to rapidly change in the 60s post-war years with many still suffering from poverty. The city centre of course looks a lot different these days with New Street Station being completely rebuilt with Birmingham becoming a metropolitan city in the years to follow.

Here are 13 old pictures looking at life for Brummies in 1964.

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