Birmingham Heritage Week to begin this week - schedule, locations & dates

Here’s what you need to know ahead of Birmingham Heritage Week

Birmingham has a rich history and the Heritage Week, which is a part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival, will shine a light on it.

Residents and visitors will be able to experience the living tapestry of cultures that come together in our brilliantly diverse city.

The Birmingham Heritage Week celebrates the living history of the residents of the city, and you can take part in the various events during the 10-day festival, which starts on 9 September and ends on 18 September.

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    Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in the West Midlands (Warwickshire) houses a large collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

    Here are all the events by date you can experience:

    9 September

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    1. Made the Cut – Heritage Film Programme - Fri 9 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 9.30am–4.30pm at Display Space, Roundhouse Birmingham, The Roundhouse.

    2. Journeys – A floating exhibition - Fri 9 Sept, Sat 10 Sept, Sun 11 Sept, Sat 17 Sept and Sun 18 Sept from 10am-4pm at Birmingham Canal leading off Kings Edwards Road, Birmingham.

    3. Birmingham Central Mosque is open to visitors throughout the year and you can visit on Fri 9 Sept from 10am–5pm. Booking required.

    4. The Lost Children exhibition - Fri 9 Sept to Sun 11 Sept 10am-5pm, Thu 15 Sept to Sun 18 Sept 10am-5pm and Tue 13 Sept: 1pm-5pm and Wed 14 Sept: 1pm-5pm. Closed on Monday.

    Venue- Birmingham Back to Backs (Top Floor Exhibition space, enter through the Bookshop), 55-63 Hurst Street.

    5. Church of St Alban - every day: Fri 9 Sept–Sun 18 Sept | 10am–5pm. You can also join the full choral mass from 10am to 11.15am on Sun 11 Sept & Sun 18 Sept.

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    6. Wonderland: Birmingham’s Cinema Stories - Fri 9 Sep–Sun 18 Sep | 10am–5pm at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square.

    7. Elkington of Birmingham: Pop-Up Museum tour - You can visit Fri 9 Sept: 10am–11am, Sun 11 Sept: 10am–11am, Mon 12 Sept: 10am–11am, Wed 14 Sept: 10am–11am, Fri 16 Sept: 10am–11am, Sun 18 Sept: 10am–11am.

    Venue - No. 6, Great Western Arcade. Entry fee is £5 (adults), £3 (Students).

    8. Woodcock Street Baths: Guided Tour & Swim - Fri 9, Sat 10, Mon 12, Fri 16, Sat 17 Sept | 10.15am-11.30am. Free post-tour swim if requested at the oldest operational swimming pool in Birmingham - The Sir Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre, Woodcock Street.

    9. Heritage Working Boat Trip Limited Edition - Boat trip starts and ends at Roundhouse Birmingham, The Roundhouse, 1 Sheepcote St. It is fully booked.

    10. JW Evans Silver Factory Taster Days - Fri 9 and Sat 10 Sept | 11am–3pm at Jewellery Quarter.

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    For the full list, check here.

    A shopping arcade in Birmingham. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

    10 September

    1. Remark-A- Bull! The commonwealth Games 2022 - View images of the events at the National Indoor where Ladywood’s Joe Fraser made history by winning three gymnastic gold medals. It’s open to view on Sat 10 Sept, Wed 14 Sept, Friday 16 Sept and Sat 17 Sept from 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm at Spring Hill Library, Spring Hill.

    2. Made the Cut – Heritage Film Programme - Fri 9 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 9.30am–4.30pm at Display Space, Roundhouse Birmingham, The Roundhouse.

    3. JW Evans Silver Factory Taster Days - Fri 9 and Sat 10 Sept | 11am–3pm at Jewellery Quarter.

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    4. Woodcock Street Baths: Guided Tour & Swim - Fri 9, Sat 10, Mon 12, Fri 16, Sat 17 Sept | 10.15am-11.30am. Free post-tour swim if requested at the oldest operational swimming pool in Birmingham - The Sir Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre, Woodcock Street.

    5. St Giles Church Sheldon Open Day - One of the four medieval churches in Birmingham - Sat 10 Sept | 10am–4pm.

    6. Led Bike Ride – Bournville Heritage Open Day - Sat 10 Sept | 10am–2.30pm - Meet at Bournville Train Station, Mary Vale Rd Entrance.

    7. St Laurence Church, Northfield - another medieval churches in Birmingham - Sat 10 Sept | 10am–12pm at St Laurence Church, Corner of Rectory Road and Church Hill, Northfield.

    8. Birchfield Heritage Trail - Discover hidden secrets from 10am–12pm. The tour starts at Grosvenor Road Studios.

    9. Open Day at St Mary’s Handsworth - Explore the grade II listed church from 10am–5pm.

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    10. War Memorial Room, Men’s Pavilion - 10am–4pm at Men’s Pavilion, Bournville Lane, Bournville.

    For the full list, check here.

    The Boulton & Watt Soho Manufactory near Birmingham where James Watt developed his steam engine. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

    11 September

    1. Made the Cut – Heritage Film Programme - Fri 9 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 9.30am–4.30pm at Display Space, Roundhouse Birmingham, The Roundhouse.

    2. Church of St Alban - every day: Fri 9 Sept–Sun 18 Sept | 10am–5pm. You can also join the full choral mass from 10am to 11.15am on Sun 11 Sept & Sun 18 Sept.

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    3. The Lost Children exhibition - Fri 9 Sept to Sun 11 Sept 10am-5pm, Thu 15 Sept to Sun 18 Sept 10am-5pm and Tue 13 Sept: 1pm-5pm and Wed 14 Sept: 1pm-5pm. Closed on Monday.

    Venue- Birmingham Back to Backs (Top Floor Exhibition space, enter through the Bookshop), 55-63 Hurst Street.

    4. Elkington of Birmingham: Pop-Up Museum tour - You can visit Fri 9 Sept: 10am–11am, Sun 11 Sept: 10am–11am, Mon 12 Sept: 10am–11am, Wed 14 Sept: 10am–11am, Fri 16 Sept: 10am–11am, Sun 18 Sept: 10am–11am.

    5. Parish Church of St Agatha, Sparkbrook - Tour of Neo-Gothic Grade I listed Bidlake church that opened in 1901. Sun 11 Sept | 10am–3pmSun 18 Sept | 10am–3pm.

    6. Birmingham Honey Show at Winterbourne House & Gardens - Sat 10 Sept & Sun 11 Sept | 10.30am–5pm at 58 Edgbaston Park Road.

    7. Wonderland: Birmingham’s Cinema Stories - Fri 9 Sep–Sun 18 Sep | 10am–5pm at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square.

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    8. 300 years of William Winde – Garden designer - From Sat 10 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 10.30pm–4.30pm at Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens, Chester Road, Castle Bromwich.

    9. Coffin Works’ Taster Tours at Coffin Works, 13-15 Fleet Street, Jewellery Quarter on Sun 11 Sept | 11am–3pm (Timeslots on the half hour). Book ahead.

    10. Moor Pool Heritage Festival at 11am–3pm at Moor Pool Hall, 37 The Circle, Harborne.

    View the full list here.

    12 September

    1. Made the Cut – Heritage Film Programme - Fri 9 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 9.30am–4.30pm at Display Space, Roundhouse Birmingham, The Roundhouse.

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    2. Church of St Alban - every day: Fri 9 Sept–Sun 18 Sept | 10am–5pm. You can also join the full choral mass from 10am to 11.15am on Sun 11 Sept & Sun 18 Sept.

    3. Wonderland: Birmingham’s Cinema Stories - Fri 9 Sep–Sun 18 Sep | 10am–5pm at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square.

    4. 300 years of William Winde – Garden designer - From Sat 10 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 10.30pm–4.30pm at Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens, Chester Road, Castle Bromwich.

    5. Trace your family history online - Mon 12 Sept - 9am-10am | Shard end Library and 10.15am–11.15am | South Yardley Library.

    6. Visit the Hall of Memory in Centenary Square and see the Books of Remembrance and Art Deco bas-relief plaques by local artist William Bloye from Mon 12 Sept – Sat 17 Sept | 10am-4pm.

    7. Visit St Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter - Mon 12 Sept – Fri 16 Sept | 11am–2pm. Guided tours Mon 12 Sept & Tues 13 Sept 11am & 12pm & 1pm

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    8. Building Stones of Birmingham – Around the shops - Mon 12 Sept | 11m–12.30pm. Meet by the Bull sculpture in Rotunda Square, City Centre. Finish at the Great Western Arcade, Temple Row.

    9. Everything to Everybody: Your Shakespeare, Your Culture - From :

    Fri 9 Sept: 11am–5pmSat 10 Sept: 11am–5pmSun 11 Sept: ClosedMon 12 Sept: 11am–7pmTues 13 Sept: 11am–7pmWed 14 Sept: 11am–5pmThurs 15 Sept: 11am–5pmFri 16 Sept: 11am–5pmSat 17 Sept: 11am–5pm

    Venue: Level 3, Gallery Space, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square,

    10. Banking on Birmingham - Fri 9–Sun 18 Sept | Anytime. The walk starts at 128 New Street and finishes at Dale End.

    For full details, check here.

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    A view inside the time capsule interior of JW Evans silver workshop in Hockley showing unfinished silverware, dies, tools and stamps on May 19, 2011 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

    13 September

    1. The Birmingham Oratory tour - Tour times are Sat & Sun: 2.30pm and Tue & Thu: 10.30am & 2.30pm. Location is The Oratory, 141 Hagley Road.

    2. Made the Cut – Heritage Film Programme - Fri 9 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 9.30am–4.30pm at Display Space, Roundhouse Birmingham, The Roundhouse.

    3. Church of St Alban - every day: Fri 9 Sept–Sun 18 Sept | 10am–5pm. You can also join the full choral mass from 10am to 11.15am on Sun 11 Sept & Sun 18 Sept.

    4. Wonderland: Birmingham’s Cinema Stories - Fri 9 Sep–Sun 18 Sep | 10am–5pm at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square.

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    5. 300 years of William Winde – Garden designer - From Sat 10 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 10.30pm–4.30pm at Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens, Chester Road, Castle Bromwich.

    6. Trace your family history online - Tues 13 Sept at 9am–10am | Erdington Yardley Library and 10.30am-11.30am | Mere Green Library.

    7. Sutton Park Archaeology Walk - Tues 13 Sept | 10am–12pm at Sutton Park, Town Gate (off Park Road)

    8. Explore the University of Birmingham campus and surrounding area - Tues 13 Sept | 10am–11.45am.

    9. Change bellringing at St Laurence - 11am–12.30pm at St Laurence Church, Corner of Rectory Road and Church Hill, Northfield.

    10. Influence of Shakespeare on Bollywood - Shakespeare Memorial Room, Floor 9, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square until 17 Sept.

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    See full list here.

    14 September

    1. Elkington of Birmingham: Pop-Up Museum tour - You can visit Fri 9 Sept: 10am–11am, Sun 11 Sept: 10am–11am, Mon 12 Sept: 10am–11am, Wed 14 Sept: 10am–11am, Fri 16 Sept: 10am–11am, Sun 18 Sept: 10am–11am.

    Venue - No. 6, Great Western Arcade. Entry fee is £5 (adults), £3 (Students).

    2. Made the Cut – Heritage Film Programme - Fri 9 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 9.30am–4.30pm at Display Space, Roundhouse Birmingham, The Roundhouse.

    3. Church of St Alban - every day: Fri 9 Sept–Sun 18 Sept | 10am–5pm. You can also join the full choral mass from 10am to 11.15am on Sun 11 Sept & Sun 18 Sept.

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    4. Wonderland: Birmingham’s Cinema Stories - Fri 9 Sep–Sun 18 Sep | 10am–5pm at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square.

    5. 300 years of William Winde – Garden designer - From Sat 10 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 10.30pm–4.30pm at Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens, Chester Road, Castle Bromwich.

    6. Visit the Hall of Memory and see the Books of Remembrance and Art Deco bas-relief plaques by local artist William Bloyefrom Mon 12 Sept – Sat 17 Sept | 10am-4pm.

    7. Singers Hill Synagogue - Wed 14 Sept and Thurs 15 Sept from 11am–12.30pm | 2pm–3.30pm | 7.30pm–9pm at Blucher Street.

    8. Visit St Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter - Mon 12 Sept – Fri 16 Sept | 11am–2pm. Guided tours Mon 12 Sept & Tues 13 Sept 11am & 12pm & 1pm at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Jewellery Quarter.

    9. Opening the Archives of the Pen Museum - Thu 15 & Fri 16 & Sat 17 | 11am–3pm and Sun 18 Sept | 12pm–3pm. The Pen Museum, The Argent Centre, 60 Frederick Street, Jewellery Quarter.

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    10. Influence of Shakespeare on Bollywood - Shakespeare Memorial Room, Floor 9, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square until 17 Sept.

    See full list here.

    15 September

    1. Acocks Green Heritage Trail - Thurs 15 Sept | 10.30am–12pm. Meet outside Aldi at the corner of Dolphin Lane and Warwick Road.

    2. Made the Cut – Heritage Film Programme - Fri 9 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 9.30am–4.30pm at Display Space, Roundhouse Birmingham, The Roundhouse.

    3. Church of St Alban - every day: Fri 9 Sept–Sun 18 Sept | 10am–5pm. You can also join the full choral mass from 10am to 11.15am on Sun 11 Sept & Sun 18 Sept.

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    4. Wonderland: Birmingham’s Cinema Stories - Fri 9 Sep–Sun 18 Sep | 10am–5pm at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square.

    5. 300 years of William Winde – Garden designer - From Sat 10 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 10.30pm–4.30pm at Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens, Chester Road, Castle Bromwich.

    6. The Old Rep Theatre - Thurs 15, Fri 16 and Sat 17 Sept | 11am–1.30pm. Venue tour: 11am-12.20pm | Afternoon tea: 12.30pm-1.30pm.

    7. Singers Hill Synagogue - Wed 14 Sept and Thurs 15 Sept from 11am–12.30pm | 2pm–3.30pm | 7.30pm–9pm at Blucher Street.

    8. Visit St Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter - Mon 12 Sept – Fri 16 Sept | 11am–2pm. Guided tours Mon 12 Sept & Tues 13 Sept 11am & 12pm & 1pm at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Jewellery Quarter.

    9. Opening the Archives of the Pen Museum - Thu 15 & Fri 16 & Sat 17 | 11am–3pm Sun 18 Sept | 12pm–3pm at The Pen Museum, The Argent Centre, 60 Frederick Street, Jewellery Quarter.

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    10. Influence of Shakespeare on Bollywood - Shakespeare Memorial Room, Floor 9, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square until 17 Sept.

    Check full list here.16 September

    1. Opening the Archives of the Pen Museum - Thu 15 & Fri 16 & Sat 17 | 11am–3pm Sun 18 Sept | 12pm–3pm at The Pen Museum, The Argent Centre, 60 Frederick Street, Jewellery Quarter.

    2. Made the Cut – Heritage Film Programme - Fri 9 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 9.30am–4.30pm at Display Space, Roundhouse Birmingham, The Roundhouse.

    3. Church of St Alban - every day: Fri 9 Sept–Sun 18 Sept | 10am–5pm. You can also join the full choral mass from 10am to 11.15am on Sun 11 Sept & Sun 18 Sept.

    4. Wonderland: Birmingham’s Cinema Stories - Fri 9 Sep–Sun 18 Sep | 10am–5pm at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square.

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    5. 300 years of William Winde – Garden designer - From Sat 10 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 10.30pm–4.30pm at Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens, Chester Road, Castle Bromwich.

    6. The Old Rep Theatre - Thurs 15, Fri 16 and Sat 17 Sept | 11am–1.30pm. Venue tour: 11am-12.20pm | Afternoon tea: 12.30pm-1.30pm.

    7. Visit St Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter - Mon 12 Sept – Fri 16 Sept | 11am–2pm. Guided tours Mon 12 Sept & Tues 13 Sept 11am & 12pm & 1pm at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Jewellery Quarter.

    8. Influence of Shakespeare on Bollywood - Shakespeare Memorial Room, Floor 9, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square until 17 Sept.

    9. Remark-A- Bull! The commonwealth Games 2022 - View images of the events at the National Indoor where Ladywood’s Joe Fraser made history by winning three gymnastic gold medals. It’s open to view on Sat 10 Sept, Wed 14 Sept, Friday 16 Sept and Sat 17 Sept from 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm at Spring Hill Library, Spring Hill.

    Check full list here.

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    17 September

    1. Opening the Archives of the Pen Museum - Thu 15 & Fri 16 & Sat 17 | 11am–3pm Sun 18 Sept | 12pm–3pm at The Pen Museum, The Argent Centre, 60 Frederick Street, Jewellery Quarter.

    2. Made the Cut – Heritage Film Programme - Fri 9 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 9.30am–4.30pm at Display Space, Roundhouse Birmingham, The Roundhouse.

    3. Church of St Alban - every day: Fri 9 Sept–Sun 18 Sept | 10am–5pm. You can also join the full choral mass from 10am to 11.15am on Sun 11 Sept & Sun 18 Sept.

    4. Wonderland: Birmingham’s Cinema Stories - Fri 9 Sep–Sun 18 Sep | 10am–5pm at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square.

    5. 300 years of William Winde – Garden designer - From Sat 10 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 10.30pm–4.30pm at Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens, Chester Road, Castle Bromwich.

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    6. The Old Rep Theatre - Thurs 15, Fri 16 and Sat 17 Sept | 11am–1.30pm. Venue tour: 11am-12.20pm | Afternoon tea: 12.30pm-1.30pm.

    7. Influence of Shakespeare on Bollywood - Shakespeare Memorial Room, Floor 9, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square until 17 Sept.

    8. Remark-A- Bull! The commonwealth Games 2022 - View images of the events at the National Indoor where Ladywood’s Joe Fraser made history by winning three gymnastic gold medals. It’s open to view on Sat 10 Sept, Wed 14 Sept, Friday 16 Sept and Sat 17 Sept from 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm at Spring Hill Library, Spring Hill.

    Check full list here.

    18 September

    1. Best of Birmingham Running tour - 12km - Centenary Square, The Jewellery Quarter, The canals, Curzon Street HS2 site, Digbeth, Hurst Street, The Bullring, Victoria Square, The Mailbox. - Start/End: The Roundhouse, 1 Sheepcote St. Sun 18 Sept | 10am–12.30am (Tour approx 2.5 hrs)

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    2. Made the Cut – Heritage Film Programme - Fri 9 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 9.30am–4.30pm at Display Space, Roundhouse Birmingham, The Roundhouse.

    3. Church of St Alban - every day: Fri 9 Sept–Sun 18 Sept | 10am–5pm. You can also join the full choral mass from 10am to 11.15am on Sun 11 Sept & Sun 18 Sept.

    4. Wonderland: Birmingham’s Cinema Stories - Fri 9 Sep–Sun 18 Sep | 10am–5pm at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square.

    5. 300 years of William Winde – Garden designer - From Sat 10 Sept – Sun 18 Sept | 10.30pm–4.30pm at Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens, Chester Road, Castle Bromwich.

    6. Parish Church of St Agatha, Sparkbrook - Tour of Neo-Gothic Grade I listed Bidlake church that opened in 1901. Sun 11 Sept | 10am–3pmSun 18 Sept | 10am–3pm.

    7. New Hall Mill Sutton Coldfield - Sun 18 Sept | 10am–3.45pm at New Hall Mill, Off Wylde Green Rd, Sutton Coldfield.

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    Check full list here.

    What did the organisers say?

    “Birmingham Heritage Week is about exploring and discovering the heritage of our amazing city. It is very much a festival for ‘Brummies’ although the festival certainly attracts visitors from further afield. The website puts succinctly what we are aiming to achieve. We invite you to explore and (re)discover Birmingham’s rich history and heritage during this 10-day city-wide heritage festival.

    “This year, 100 Birmingham based organisations and societies, involving thousands of staff and volunteer hours, will open their doors and offer events to show off what Birmingham has to offer. With over 150 events to choose from – ranging from talks, walks, workshops, outdoor performances, building tours and open days to heritage themed cycling and running tours – there is something for everyone. Discover what’s on your doorstep.

    “The offer is getting more diverse as the festival had been growing year on year (first time we had BHW was in 2015) and more local groups are getting involved,” said Irene De Boo, Birmingham Heritage Week Co-ordinator.

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