Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces has been awarded £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under the ‘Our Heritage’ funding programme. The funding will see the project extended to include more hidden spaces, further events and exhibitions and the creation of an online platform for sharing the information, to build a lasting legacy that will reach a much wider audience.
The news comes following the recent success of the Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces exhibition at the Grade I listed Curzon Street Station, which attracted over 3,500 visitors of all ages, from across the Midlands. The free exhibition, which ran from 21-29 June as part of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) national ‘Love Architecture Week’, gave the public a unique opportunity to see inside the spectacular disused Victorian building, the world’s oldest surviving piece of monumental railway architecture.
The project, led by Birmingham based Associated Architects, working in association with the Birmingham Post and Birmingham Architectural Association, aims to raise public awareness and appreciation of the city’s rich and diverse built heritage, using a stunning collection of photography and video footage to tell the stories that have shaped the city.
Matthew Goer, Director at Associated Architects said: “Birmingham is a city that frequently undersells itself. It is a remarkable city with much to celebrate and we have found there is an underlying sense of pride in its people. The response to the exhibition has been astoundingly positive and we hope to build on this success in taking the project forward.
“At a time when Birmingham in undergoing the most drastic architectural and city planning changes since WWII, we believe this is a vital form of social documentation relating to the built environment of the city. Primarily we aim to celebrate and acknowledge the past, to better inform and educate people, leading to a positive change in behaviour towards the built environment for the future.”