Goodbye to Canterbury Road Police Station - Open Day Fri 24 Nov

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Goodbye to Canterbury Road Police Station - Open Day Fri 24 Nov

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Our friends at West Midlands have put together another open day, this time to celebrate the history of Canterbury Road Police Station in Perry Barr before it closes. The open day is Friday 24 November.

If you want tickets go to their Eventbrite page now and grab yourself a slot. 

TICKETS

Here's the description of the event: 

'After serving the local police for over 110 years, Canterbury Road Police Station is due to be sold as part of essential estate rationalisation plans, in order to redirect expensive running and maintenance fees back into frontline policing.


The Police Museum have been given the chance to allow the public access to see inside the station for one day only before it is sold.


There will be some items from the Police Museum on display, pictures of Victorian prisoners, some uniform to try on and a selection of items from our shop.
Unfortunately due to the age of the building there is no access for mobility impaired guests - there are approximately 3 steps before the main door and a flight of stairs if you wish to view the upstairs rooms of the building.


Access is gained through the rear of the building - via Thornbury Road. There is no access via the frontage on Canterbury Road. The recommended route is to follow the A4040 off the A34 roundabout, take a right at the traffic lights down Stoneleigh Road and then right onto Thornbury Road. The building is near the end of the road on the left - through the large metal gates which will be open. Nearby Earlsbury Gardens is another route to access Canterbury Road - we recommend you avoid this road between 2.30 and 4pm whilst the nearby schools are finishing for the day.


There is a small car park which you can park in, then come to the back door of the building. Please park considerately and do not block other guests. If the car park is full there should be nearby on-street parking available.


All money raised will be used to support the West Midlands Police Heritage Project - which hopes to open a new Police Museum at the Steelhouse Lane Lock-up.


We would love to see your items of police memorabilia or photographs if you have any to show us. Any scanned photographs or items to be donated to the collection would be gratefully received.' 

The location:

Canterbury Road Police Station
Canterbury Road
Perry Barr
Birmingham
B20 3AA

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Torch Lit Tours are back for October

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Torch Lit Tours are back for October

As part of the UK wide Museums at Night festival, Hidden Spaces and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery bring you a unique opportunity to explore the museum by torch light.

Join us for an atmospheric guided tour. Three tour times are available:

Tour 1: 6.15pm - arrive between 6.00pm and 6.15pm
Tour 2: 7.30pm - arrive between 7.15pm and 7.30pm
Tour 3: 8.45pm - arrive between 8.30pm and 8.45pm


The museum doors will be open for a very short window of time and late comers will not be admitted.

£12 per ticket. 

Pre-booking is essential. There are a limited number of places and this event is very popular.

Tickets via this link: 

http://bit.ly/2jGXEZf

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Steelhouse Lane Open Day - Wednesday 13 September

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Steelhouse Lane Open Day - Wednesday 13 September

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Steelhouse Lane is once again being opened to the public. Please follow the link below for information on the event and ticket purchasing:

http://bit.ly/2f3Q2fB

 

When, where, what?

Wednesday 13 September (slots throughout day)

The Lock-Up, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6NW

Come and see the police and court custody facility that operated for 125 years, only closing last year. The historic Grade II listed lock-up facility retains many of its original Victorian features combined with more modern custody facilities, demonstrating how a small 'prison' operated in the centre of a busy city for well over a century.

 

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Golden Lion Project Launched

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Golden Lion Project Launched

We're working in partnership with The Wisdom Factory CIC to promote the start of the Save the Golden Lion project by Re.Future

Today a swish new website was launched for the project, you can view it by clicking here. This coming weekend there will be community consultations in Cannon Hill Park, so you can have your chance to discuss the future of the building. 

 

 

 

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Hidden Spaces Reimagined June 2016 Events

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Hidden Spaces Reimagined June 2016 Events

Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces is returning in June for a month of exhibitions, events and talks around some of the city’s most impressive and beloved architecture. At the heart of this year’s programme will be a week long exhibition held in the Methodist Central Hall on Corporation Street, which many will know as the Q Club. The exhibition will be open daily from the 17th to the 26th of June, 10am - 4pm. 

Hidden Spaces was started in 2013 as a collaboration between Birmingham based Associated Architects, the Birmingham Post and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Under pinning everything the project does is a fantastic body of photography captured by Birmingham Post photographers. Selected images from this impressive archive will be put on display alongside a feature on the history of the Methodist Central Hall, compiled by Birmingham based Urbanist Ally Standing. 

June events are going live over the coming days, make sure you keep your eyes peeled. We've already released tickets for a number of amazing events, to get tickets please click here

It feels good to be back...

Jack Tasker, Steve Townsend & Conor Nolan

 

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A look back at 'Birmingham's Hidden Spaces: Unlocked 2015'

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A look back at 'Birmingham's Hidden Spaces: Unlocked 2015'

Birmingham's Hidden Spaces 'Unlocked' was a month-long initiative, aiming to make Birmingham's hidden architectural heritage accessible to the public and to generate a sense of excitement the city's surviving links to its history. It featured 25 wide-reaching events including inspiring talks, unique exhibitions and exclusive building tours, throughout the month of June 2015.

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Tunnels Competition

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Tunnels Competition

Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces and Network Rail are offering exclusive tours underneath Birmingham New Street train station as part of the RIBA Love Architecture Festival 2015.

To be in with a chance of exploring the 150 year old tunnels of Birmingham New Street, you need to follow these two simple steps (make sure you do both):

1.       Follow @NetworkRailBHM

2.       Tweet going underground @hiddenbrum 

The tours will be taking place on 19th June 2015 with all participants being selected at random.

The underground tours will be taking place across the afternoon and evening during off peak hours within Birmingham New Street. All times and tours to be arranged with Network Rail and are subject to change if required. Each tour will have a limited availability and all participants must meet the health and safety requirements to take part on the whole exhibition.

 

 

 

Full Terms and Conditions 

1. The promoter is: The Royal Institute Of British Architects Registered Charity Number 210566 whose registered office is at 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD.
2. Employees of the Royal Institute of British Architects or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the Free Prize Draw Competition.
3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via [http://www.twitter.co.uk]
5. Closing date for entry will be Sunday June 7th 2015 at midnight. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
7. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winners are as follows: Further information can be found at: [http:// http://www.hidden-spaces.co.uk/.
8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. All Prizes must be accepted by contestants within 48 hours of being contacted by the promoter. If a prize has not been accepted with 48 hours, it will be re-drawn.
11. Winners will be chosen from Monday 10th June 2015 at random by software Twttierdraw. All winners will be confirmed by an independent adjudicator or panel of judges appointed by the Promoter confirming competition guidelines where followed.
12. The winners will be notified by email and / social media after the closing date. If the winners cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 48 hours days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winners and pick a replacement winners.
13. The promoter will notify the winners when and where the prize can be collected.
14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].
17. The winners agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winners or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
19. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
20. The winners will be subject to essential health and safety checks to take part in the prize. No responsibility or can be taken by the promoter or affiliates if winners are unable to take part in the whole tour for safety reasons.
21. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, twitter. You are providing your information to Birmingham's Hidden Spaces and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims. Participation in this promotion is subject to the official rules.
20. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to the Royal Institute of British Architects,  Hidden Spaces Birmingham, Network Rail BHM and not to any other party

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Exhibition at Birmingham New Street Station

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Exhibition at Birmingham New Street Station

Birmingham's Hidden Spaces has teamed up with Network Rail and RIBA West Midlands to put on a unique exhibition at New Street Station.

As part of the RIBA Love Architecture festival 2015, an extensive photographic exhibition will be held during the summer, throughout New Street Station. The exhibition, which features some of the stunning Birmingham Post Hidden Spaces images, will celebrate Birmingham’s interesting and unique architecture, old and new. We will also be working in association with Network Rail to develop a 'New Street through the ages' exhibition, presenting the history of the station to the public in time for its re-opening in September.

Keep your eyes peeled for updates on the Love Architecture festival, which will feature events across the city, including talks, exhibitions and exclusive ‘Hidden Spaces’ tours.

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Hidden Spaces at the Library of Birmingham

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