AGM Weekend in Birmingham
Friday 21 July — Book now
2pm on Friday 21 July to 5pm on Sunday 23 July. Organised by the Society’s Birmingham Group, our AGM weekend will explore the Victorian and Edwardian architecture of the city of Birmingham.
The annual general meeting beginning at 2pm on Friday afternoon will be held in the Council Chamber of Birmingham Council House (1874-9 HR Yeoville Thomason). Acccommodation will be at the Burlington Hotel (1867-75 Thomson Plevins) opposite New Street railway station. Built as the Midland Railway Hotel we will have our dinner here on Friday evening with an introductory lecture on the influence of Joseph Chamberlain by Professor Roger Ward.
Saturday morning and afternoon will be devoted to guided walks around the city centre on three themes: the Retail, Legal and Hospital Sector will include the terracotta splendour of Aston Webb & Ingress Bell’s Victoria Law Courts and the General (now Children’s) Hospital (1894-7 William Henman); the Colmore Row district with numerous commercial premises as well as the newly restored Grand Hotel (1876-8 Thomson Plevins); and the Ruskinian Gothic of JH Chamberlain’s School of Art (1883-5). The third theme provides two walks north west of the centre to give a flavour of the Jewellery Quarter which we will access on Birmingham’s new tram system. Precious metal trades became concentrated here from the mid 19th century. The School of Jewellery in Vittoria Street will feature and time will be spent in Key Hill Cemetery. From 1835 this was the resting place for many noted Brummies. A buffet lunch is included at the Birmingham and Midland Institute (1899 Cossins, Peacock & Bewlay) with an optional guided tour.
Sunday will be devoted to the Victorian suburbs. Sunday morning Coach tour of the Edgbaston and Bournville areas, including University campus buildings by Aston Webb & Ingress Bell. In the garden suburb of Bournville we will see WA Harvey’s Arts and Crafts cottages created from 1894 for George and Richard Cadbury. Lunch will be provided at a venue to be confirmed.
Sunday afternoon will be centred in Handsworth. Buildings will include WH Bidlake’s Cemetery Chapel (1908), the Anchorage (1899 Crouch & Butler) with noted Bromsgrove Guild work, and Boulton & Watt’s memorials in St Mary’s, ‘the cathedral of the Industrial Revolution’ (main restoration by JA Chatwin).
Coaches will return to New Street railway station for trains after 5pm.
COST £202 per person non-residential; £300 per person double/twin; £378 single. All coach trips, visits, admissions, gratuities, dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday and Sunday are included. The residential rate also includes bed and breakfast accommodation at the Burlington Hotel in the city centre.
The programme is liable to change.
Event code: 1721