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.
Clarification of access times for the much loved baths...
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
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.
Birmingham's Hidden Spaces is very proud to be taking part in the inaugural Birmingham Heritage Week, 10-17 September 2015, with a series of open days, to be announced soon.
Share your images, stories and ideas with us and become part of the project.
We're pleased to announce the panel for June 10th's 'How can Birmingham better celebrate it's built heritage?' talk...
Grab a seat at the Hidden Spaces film premiere
Tickets for exploring the Masonic Hall now up for live
Booking for guided tours of the Victoria Law Courts is now open.
We're happy to announce that the booking for Still Walking's Invisible Architecture Tours are now open.
We're pleased to announce that you can now book tickets for the Lunar Society's Hidden Spaces lecture, entitled 'How the Lunar Society Shaped Birmingham', on May 20th.
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
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.
We had a fantastic weekend at the Library of Birmingham at the end of November. We worked alongside artist Lesley Imgart to provide architectural inspired workshops for younger library visitors, whilst we gathered oral histories from willing participants. The response was great and we'll be making some of these available to listen to in the New Year. In the meantime, why don't you have a look at some of our favorite pieces designed by the children here.
We're very pleased to announce that our brand new Birmingham's Hidden Spaces collection will be unveiled in the Birmingham Post on Thursday 18 and Tuesday 23 December 2014. The two-part supplement features 12 brand new spaces including the BT Tower, the Mailbox Tunnels, Victoria Law Courts and the Scala Cinema.
Working with the Post, Associated Architects has set about capturing and photographing the lesser-known gems of Birmingham, which has led to some fascinating discoveries about the city.
So make sure you pick up a copy of the Birmingham Post this week, or download the Post iPad app, to see the stunning collection of pictures from behind the scenes in some of Birmingham's best-known buildings, as well as some of the lesser-known treasures within the city.
We're looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our team and help us deliver a series of projects over the next 12 months.
A variety of unpaid positions are available working on an exciting range of projects and tasks and we welcome enquiries from anyone interested in volunteering with us.
At all of our events we need friendly and reliable assistants to welcome guests and answer questions. Assistants will support the team with promoting the event and getting feedback from visitors.
Whether it's a one-off event or a series of weekends, if you are able to spare any time to support our project, we would love to hear from you.
If you're interested in joining the team, please email us with a little bit about yourself and explain why you would like to be a part of the Hidden Spaces project: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like more info, please feel free to send us your questions about the roles.
- Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
- Developing existing skills and knowledge
- Enhancing a CV
- Improving employment prospects
- Meeting new people and making new friends
- Getting to know the city and learning about its heritage
Do you have any stories, memories, pictures or cinefilms of any of the buildings featured in Birmingham's Hidden Spaces? We'd love to hear from you.