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29 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Watt in the World: The Life and Legacy of James Watt, 1736-1819

There is an exhibition on from the 12th July to 2nd November 2019 at the Library of Birmingham in The Gallery on Level 3 about James Watt (1736-1819). He died 200 years ago so it is the bicentenary of his death. Organised by The Lunar Society. It is 10 years since a Matthew Boulton exhibition in the Gas Hall (he died in 1809).

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Watt in the World: The Life and Legacy of James Watt, 1736-1819





There is an exhibition on from the 12th July to 2nd November 2019 at the Library of Birmingham in The Gallery on Level 3 about James Watt (1736-1819). He died 200 years ago so it is the bicentenary of his death. Organised by The Lunar Society. It is 10 years since a Matthew Boulton exhibition in the Gas Hall (he died in 1809).


Watt in the World

Head up to Level 3 in the Library of Birmingham for Watt in the World: The Life and Legacy of James Watt, 1736-1819.

James Watt (1736-1819) Life and Legacy. The portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), 1812. Was commissioned by James Watt junior.

A quote by William Wordsworth on Watt: 'Considering both the magnitude and the universality of his genius .... perhaps the most extraordinary man this country has ever produced ...'

Marble bust of James Watt you would see as you walk into The Gallery. Perhaps the same one that is at Soho House? Behind the 1812 portrait of James Watt by Sir Thomas Lawrence

Model of the Soho Lap Engine by David Hulse. The Soho Lap Engine was built in 1788 to provide power to make coins at Matthew Boulton's Soho Manufactory.

The Soho Lap Engine - it was projected on the wall.

The Boulton & Watt Steam Engine. Here was some drawings of Boulton & Watts steam engine.

James Watt's Legacy. One of these pictures was a Japanese print. Also shows the statue of Boulton, Watt & Murdoch (which is still in storage until it eventually gets placed in the new look Centenary Square - when I don't know).

James Watt and Popular Culture. Various objects in the tables under the glass. Also History West Midlands: The Power to Change the World.

Portrait of Matthew Boulton by Sir William Beechey, 1810. Watt commissioned this version of Sir William Beechley's 1798 portrait of Boulton shortly after the death of his friend in 1809. It was originally displayed at Heathfield Hall, but after Watt's death James Watt junior moved it to Aston Hall where it was hung opposite Beechley's portrait of his father.

Portrait of James Watt by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), 1812. James Watt junior commissioned Sir Thomas Lawrence to paint this portrait of his father. Watt junior had never liked Sir William Beechley's early 1801 portrait, but in order not to offend Beechley he asked his friend George Lee to say that the new portrait was for him.

10 years ago was another exhibition but on Matthew Boulton at the Gas Hall. The exhibition was called: Matthew Boulton: Selling what all the world desires. It was in the Gas Hall at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery from the 30th May to 27th September 2009. Matthew Boulton was born in 1728 and died in 1809, so 2009 was the bicentenary of his death (like 2019 is the bicentenary of Watt's death). I took this photo outside in August 2009 near Edmund Street (and under the BM & AG link bridge) from Chamberlain Square.

I took a couple of photos of this exhibition in the Gas Hall before I was told off. Was photo restrictions back then. I went in July 2009. Bust of Matthew Boulton, probably like in the window at Soho House. Even when I went to Soho House in July 2010 I had to sign a photo disclaimer (I think they no longer do this since the Birmingham Museums Trust took over in 2012 from Birmingham City Council).

A model of a Boulton & Watt steam engine. I was told off by a guard when I took this photo and took no more photos in this exhibition.

This is a Treadle Lathe dating to 1762. With 18th to 19th century blacksmith's anvil, bellows and weights, top and bottom swage, and hand tools. Took this photo before the steam engine model, so before the guard said "no photos allowed".

Since 2012 the museums photo policy has been relaxed since Birmingham Museums took over. And I've had no problems in the Gas Hall at other exhibitions in the years since.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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29 Aug 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - August 2019

Here's the latest construction photo gallery for 103 Colmore Row, this tower core is rising so fast!

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - August 2019





Here's the latest construction photo gallery for 103 Colmore Row, this tower core is rising so fast!


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29 Aug 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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PwC Change and Engagement Team Interior Inspection - August 28th 2019

PwC's Change and Engagement Team with Chair Matthew Hammond made an interior inspection of the progress at their new headquarters One Chamberlain Square. Daniel was invited along to get some photos and had an opportunity to take some brand new viewpoints of the city through the windows. 

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PwC Change and Engagement Team Interior Inspection - August 28th 2019





PwC's Change and Engagement Team with Chair Matthew Hammond made an interior inspection of the progress at their new headquarters One Chamberlain Square. Daniel was invited along to get some photos and had an opportunity to take some brand new viewpoints of the city through the windows. 


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28 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
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A tour of the Street Art in and around Southside (Spring / Summer 2019)

Most of this street art is by the local street artist Gent48 (and others maybe) created at the time of the B-Side Hip Hop Festival. You can see them on Smallbrook Queensway and Hurst Street. Also some on Pershore Street, and I found one piece on Dean Street (off Upper Dean Street back of the Travelodge).

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A tour of the Street Art in and around Southside (Spring / Summer 2019)





Most of this street art is by the local street artist Gent48 (and others maybe) created at the time of the B-Side Hip Hop Festival. You can see them on Smallbrook Queensway and Hurst Street. Also some on Pershore Street, and I found one piece on Dean Street (off Upper Dean Street back of the Travelodge).


Smallbrook Queensway

July 2019

Gent48 - a sitting man with a skull between his legs.

Gent48 - at the former Banana Leat - Chinese dragon, a goldfish and Chinese lanterns.

August 2019

Round the corner at Holloway Circus. A panda with bamboo by Gent48.

No name on this one but assume by Gent48 - a blue man with green cap.

Another Gent48 (probably). At the former Chicken Box - Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

Corner of Hurst Street and Smallbrook Queensway. Love. Possibly by Gent48 or someone else. I did see a stage being set up mid week but didn't go down to investigate it (headed to the Bullring).

Hurst Street

May 2019

These pieces under the Ringway Centre close to Smallbrook Queensway. Artists including Gent48 and others.

This colourful piece on the right side of Hurst Street from the Smallbrook Queensway end.

Birmingham The Bronx - Another NY Classic - artists here include: Goldie, Flake, Zed, Marlyn and Aaron.

This piece just off Hurst Street next to Dixy Chicken in an alley. Artists include: Gent, Zooki and Panda.

Dean Street

August 2019

I got off a bus on Upper Dean Street and crossed over and saw this piece on Dean Street. Another Gent48. The rear of the Travelodge hotel. And not far from the future Smithfield site (current Wholesale Market demolition site). A purple man with hands on his face and cactuses.

Pershore Street

August 2019

These pieces mostly by Gent48 and others were for the B-Side Hip Hop Festival and are round the back of The Arcadian.

This one looks like a zombie baseball player.

On the side in this private car park.

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28 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Southside Cinema: The Screen on the Green

For the August Bank Holiday weekend. Southside put up a screen to show movies on Hurst Street. They had astro turf up on Ladywell Walk and Hurst Street. Not just showing films, but the news and sport as well. A very hot weekend to end the summer in Birmingham! When I went past a BBC News report was on about the hot weather! Was also a screen at The Mailbox this summer.

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Southside Cinema: The Screen on the Green





For the August Bank Holiday weekend. Southside put up a screen to show movies on Hurst Street. They had astro turf up on Ladywell Walk and Hurst Street. Not just showing films, but the news and sport as well. A very hot weekend to end the summer in Birmingham! When I went past a BBC News report was on about the hot weather! Was also a screen at The Mailbox this summer.


Ladywell Walk

I popped along on the August Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August 2019 to see if the Southside Cinema was still there. Organised by Enjoy Southside. Southside BID plans to name this square Hippodrome Square and one day install a Chinese Arch on Ladywell Walk.

The green on Ladywell Walk. No screen on this section. A Steven Knight look-a-like (creator of Peaky Blinders) went past me.

Hurst Street

The cinema is on Hurst Street. With the Elonex screen and striped deckchairs. A hot weekend for people to enjoy movies in the sunshine, or BBC News.

There was a report about the weeekends hot weather, including at beaches and swimming pools.

Since the 3rd test of the Ashes ended on Sunday where England beat Australia, they were just showing the news.

The back of the screen near Genting Casino.

The Mailbox

I passed through The Mailbox on the 22nd August 2019 and noticed this. Live the Summer at Mailbox.

That day they had deckchairs out and were showing the 3rd Ashes test England v Australia, at Headingley in Leeds. England went on to win this test drawing the series 1-1 (loss at Edgbaston, draw at Lords, win at Headingley). 2 more tests to go.

St Martin's Square, Bullring

In July 2019 there was a big screen and deckchairs out in St Martin's Square near Selfridges and St Martin's Church. So that people could watch Wimbledon here. On the 7th July 2019 no games, so they had Finding Nemo on, but deckchairs all stacked up.

A week later on the 14th July 2019, the deckchairs were out as Tim Henman was on the screeen at Wimbledon.

I don't think this is there now if you head in or out of St Martin's Square. But it was the same kind of set up as in Southside.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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