A struggling actor, who occasionally lends a harmonium to Dudley Moore, turns down a full time role in Emmerdale Farm to sell domestic lighting. It's an unlikely story but one that's completely true.
The history of the former Christopher Wray Lighting works, located on Bartholomew Row next to Millennium Point, is as varied as that of its owner.
The Birmingham canal network is one of the most intricate networks of its type in the world, comprising over 35 miles of waterways - a fact from which the somewhat overused expression 'more canals than Venice' has resulted.
One building that has held on to its industrial heritage is The Roundhouse. Hidden away in Sheepcote Street, the building is virtually unchanged; a surviving piece of the city's industrial and civic heritage and is Grade II* listed in recognition of its architectural and historic significance.
The Mailbox, with its bold red façade, alludes proudly to its Royal Mail heritage. In actual fact, beneath the surface, most of the original fabric of the 1970s letter and parcel sorting office still exists.
The BT Tower in Lionel Street stands 152 metres high, making it the tallest structure in Birmingham. It has been an icon of the city’s skyline for almost 50 years and can be seen from many miles away.
It was designed and constructed by the Ministry of Public Building and Works and was opened by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham in 1967. Some may remember its many names over the years, such as the General Post Office (GPO) Tower, Birmingham Radio Tower and Telecom Tower.
The Severn Street Masonic Hall is a modest Victorian building, which sits in the shadow of its relatively new neighbour The Mailbox. The building, often overlooked by passers-by today, was constructed over 150 years before The Mailbox even existed, in a damp, slum area of the city known as the Froggery that was rife with crime and squalour.
The Grade II listed building is the oldest Masonic meeting place in Birmingham and houses a surprising array of Masonic artefacts and regalia dating back over 200 years.
Hidden beneath Holloway Circus lies a forgotten cinema, lost to time. Cold, water damaged and stripped of most of its former interiors, the venue is now a concrete shell tucked underneath Scala House, a sad reminder of the many lost cinemas of Birmingham.
The Birmingham Museums Trust is responsible for the governing and managing of seven individual sites across the city, including; Aston Hall, Weoley Castle, Thinktank and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on Chamberlain Square.
The Trust is custodian to some of the world's most important collections, including the largest single body of pre-Raphaelite artwork in the world and the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. At any one time, only a very small percentage of the collections are on display to the public, so the Trust also has an important role to play in the storage and conservation of these valuable items.
The Grand Hotel on Colmore Row was first designed by Thomson Plevins and was constructed between 1877 and 1879.
It was built for Isaac Horton, a local property developer and founder of the Horton dynasty, who spotted a demand for hotel rooms for traders arriving in the city at Snow Hill Station.