Popular
Posts
1057
Points
41K
BirminghamWeAre

A City for All

BirminghamWeAre is a community devoted to social value, providing a shared space for people who make a difference and together have a positive social impact across the City.

Launch date: August 2018
Combined FreeTimePays following: 101K


Community sponsors:

History & heritage
22 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

Aston Hall Civil War Siege 1643 - Birmingham Heritage Week (September 2017)

The build up to the next Birmingham Heritage Week (in September 2019) continues with a look back at an event at Aston Hall during September 2017. A recreation of the Civil War Siege of 1643. Sir Thomas Holte awaited the arrival of Royalist troops. Would the hall fall? Nearby Birmingham was on Parliaments side. At Easter 1643 was the Battle of Camp Hill with Prince Rupert.

Related

Aston Hall Civil War Siege 1643 - Birmingham Heritage Week (September 2017)





The build up to the next Birmingham Heritage Week (in September 2019) continues with a look back at an event at Aston Hall during September 2017. A recreation of the Civil War Siege of 1643. Sir Thomas Holte awaited the arrival of Royalist troops. Would the hall fall? Nearby Birmingham was on Parliaments side. At Easter 1643 was the Battle of Camp Hill with Prince Rupert.


On Saturday 16th September 2017 I went to an event at Aston Hall, booking online for £8.00. The Civil War Siege of Aston Hall in 1643 (the web link from 2 years ago still works). For my full album on Flickr follow this link Aston Hall Civil War Siege.

Can the Hall hold or will it fall? See soldiers arrive to defend the Hall, and experience the story of the siege. Help the servants and soldiers as they prepare for battle, fortifying the Hall and learning to fight.

In the 1640s the country was at war with itself, King against Parliament, and in 1643 the tides of war brought battle to Aston Hall.

Can the Hall hold? Come early to follow events as they unfold!

The above text was from the Birmingham museums website for the Aston Hall (the first link above).

Inside The Great Hall at Aston Hall. Sir Thomas Holte is about to go outside to confront the soldiers that are turning up on his doorstep.

Sir Thomas Holte and his advisor's are now outside, as the soldiers match up to confront him.

Royalist troops in red match up to the hall.

They confront Sir Thomas Holte.

A prisoner is held captive. Is he a spy? Is he on Parliaments side?

After the man was taken away for questionning, one of Sir Thomas's men signs a document.

What next for Aston Hall, has it fallen to the Royalists?

A short time later, servants at Aston Hall were given rifle practice by the Royalist soldiers.

Bang! As the servants fire their rifles.

After target practice had ended, had the servants joined the Royalist army to fight Parliament?

For Birmingham Heritage Week in September 2019, Aston Hall has the following events on:

Meet Sir Thomas Holte Tour on the 11th September 2019.

A Servant’s Life Guided Tour on the 12th September 2019.

Bookings for the above muse be made on their website.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

Follow me on Twitter here ellrbrown.

Share  Connect with us
40 passion points
Photography
21 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

The best of The Big Hoot 2015 and The Big Sleuth 2017

Does anyone miss the public art trails that were around Birmingham and the West Midlands like I do? The Big Hoot was held in the summer of 2015, while The Big Sleuth in the summer of 2017. We haven't had a trail like this in 2 years now. So in this post a look at some of my favourite owl and bear painted sculptures. Wild in Art have these trails around the country and around the world.

Related

The best of The Big Hoot 2015 and The Big Sleuth 2017





Does anyone miss the public art trails that were around Birmingham and the West Midlands like I do? The Big Hoot was held in the summer of 2015, while The Big Sleuth in the summer of 2017. We haven't had a trail like this in 2 years now. So in this post a look at some of my favourite owl and bear painted sculptures. Wild in Art have these trails around the country and around the world.


There was over 100 owls and bears from each trail, so I'm not going to post all of them here. But you can follow the links to my Flickr albums for all my photos, including the little owls and bears.

The Big Hoot Birmingham 2015

The Big Sleuth Birmingham 2017

Comparing an owl and bear from approximately the same location, but two years apart.

Victoria Square

Alf the Penguin Owl was near the bottom of Victoria Square in front of the planted garden that now surrounds the Floozie in the Jacuzzi. The artist was Deven Bhurke and the sponsor was The National SEA LIFE Centre. During the trail a lot of these owls got vandalised, so when I saw this one part of the mask was lying on the plinth (they kept having to repair them). July 2015.

In July 2017 the Spock bear was near the top of Victoria Square. The artists were Maria Shrigley and Patricia Shrigley and the sponsor was Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. Based on Spock from the Star Trek Franchise, originally played by the late Leonard Nimoy. As Spock appeared in Star Trek: The Original Series from 1966 - 1969 (Nimoy returned for the first six movies from 1979 to 1991). There has been new versions of Spock in the Star Trek Kelvin timeline movies (2009 - 2016) and more recently in season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery (2019).

Birmingham Cathedral (St Philip's Cathedral)

There was many owls around the grounds of St Philip's in July 2015. One of them was called Clash by the artist Damien Jeffery. The sponsor was KPMG.

As with 2 years before, there was loads of bears to be found around Birmingham Cathedral. Seen in July 2017 was Sweet William by the artist Caroline Jariwala: Mango Mosaics. The sponsor was LDC.

New Street

Ozzy Osbourne had his very own owl. Seen during July 2015 was Ozzy's Owl by the artists Ozzy Osbourne and Graham Frank Wright. The sponsor was Retail Birmingham. It was close to the Midland Metro extension to New Street Station. Paving at the circle near the Corporation Street junction with Stephenson Place was being done at the time.

Two years later in July 2017 you could find the bear based on William Shakespeare. Shakesbear was by the artist Donna Newman. The sponsor was Vodafone. Based on William Shakespeare, the Bard from Stratford-upon-Avon (1564-1616). By this point the Midland Metro line to Grand Central Tram Stop was up and running.

St Paul's Square, Jewellery Quarter

Heading over to the Jewellery Quarter, seen near St Paul's Church in St Paul's Square during July 2015 was Bejewelled Owl by the artist Claire Scully. The sponsor was Jewellery Quarter BID. In the middle of lavender.

Two years later in July 2017, the bear here was called Peabody by the artist Tory Allen. The sponsor was again Jewellery Quarter BID. Again surrounded by the lavender that is there each summer.

Golden Square, Jewellery Quarter

While The Jewellery Quarter Festival was on during July 2015, I saw Jewellery Owl in Golden Square. The artist was Sue Guthrie. The sponsor was Birmingham City University.

Two years later in July 2017 was Gummy Bear by the artist Deven Bhurke. The sponsor was Jewellery Quarter BID.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

Follow me on Twitter here ellrbrown.

Share  Connect with us
40 passion points
Construction & regeneration
20 Aug 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of Bank Tower Two - August 2019

Bank Tower Two is nearing external completion with most of the cladding now installed. Here's the latest construction photo gallery.

Related

The Construction of Bank Tower Two - August 2019





Bank Tower Two is nearing external completion with most of the cladding now installed. Here's the latest construction photo gallery.


Photography by Daniel Sturley

Share  Connect with us
50 passion points
Transport
20 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

West Bromwich Corporation heritage livery on an NXWM bus

I was heading up to St Chad's Tram Stop when I spotted another modern bus in old livery. National Express West Midlands route 12, ID no 4679 in the West Bromwich Corporation livery. Seen at St Chad's Circus and Colmore Circus. Did also see it at Colmore Row before it departed. In November 2018 I saw a green Wolverhampton bus and blue Walsall in Yardley Wood when the open day was on

Related

West Bromwich Corporation heritage livery on an NXWM bus





I was heading up to St Chad's Tram Stop when I spotted another modern bus in old livery. National Express West Midlands route 12, ID no 4679 in the West Bromwich Corporation livery. Seen at St Chad's Circus and Colmore Circus. Did also see it at Colmore Row before it departed. In November 2018 I saw a green Wolverhampton bus and blue Walsall in Yardley Wood when the open day was on


I'm already used to the National Express West Midlands bus in heritage livery on the buses services from Acocks Green Garage, so was suprised to see this bus heading past, as I headed up to St Chad's Tram Stop.

4679 on the no 12 bus route heading towards it's terminus on Colmore Row. The no 9 from Stourbridge, 6921 was in front in the Platinum lime green livery.

The no 12 waiting at the lights at St Chad's Circus, it was in West Bromwich Corporation vintage livery.

After walking up from St Chad's Tram Stop past 3, 2 and 1 Snowhill, saw it again at Colmore Circus. Just before the pair of blue trams went past here.

The bus ended it's journey on Colmore Row, but by the time I crossed the road, it had pulled out, so wasn't able to get a fourth photo of it.

 

That bus reminded me of the two special livery buses used at last November 2018's Yardley Wood Bus Garage open day. The green bus from Wolverhampton was taking passengers around the suburbs. Seen here in the rain at the Warstock Road island.

With Wolverhampton Garage on the front it's ID was 4535, and was probably heading to Yardley Wood Bus Garage.

It was a wet day as I started my walk from Yardley Wood to the Maypole.

Later saw it again from the Maypole on Alcester Road South, it had probably headed around the suburbs such as Billesley before getting to the Maypole before returning to Yardley Wood. A no 50 bus on the left (those buses are now with the no 11 bus routes since the 50 got upgraded to Platinum).

I was thinking that the West Bromwich Corporation heritage livery bus I was was Walsall Corporation (or at least I thought what it said). The actual heritage livery Walsall Corporation bus I saw last year during the November 2018 Yardley Wood Bus Garage open day was in blue with ID 4601, with the destination of Sutton Coldfield.

Seen from the back with other buses.

As well as the buses there was tables with items to buy, and bagpipes playing. This bus was advertising Aston University.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

Follow me on Twitter here ellrbrown.

Share  Connect with us
40 passion points
Transport
20 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

As expected West Midlands Metro tram 28 has gone blue

Another week goes by and another tram has gone blue. When I last rode it from West Bromwich Central to Corporation Street tram 28 was pink. Over a week later it is now blue. I keep seeing tram 37 Ozzy Osbourne about. Still looking out for tram 23, and apparently tram 30 has also gone blue. Only tram with batteries that hasn't gone blue is 35 Angus Adams, but not seen it recently.

Related

As expected West Midlands Metro tram 28 has gone blue





Another week goes by and another tram has gone blue. When I last rode it from West Bromwich Central to Corporation Street tram 28 was pink. Over a week later it is now blue. I keep seeing tram 37 Ozzy Osbourne about. Still looking out for tram 23, and apparently tram 30 has also gone blue. Only tram with batteries that hasn't gone blue is 35 Angus Adams, but not seen it recently.


Trying to see if I could see the blue trams from other city centre locations other than just Grand Central Tram Stop, walked up to St Paul's Square, then over to the bridge near Livery Street. No tram at that point, so walked down to st Chad's Tram Stop.

After seeing tram 37 Ozzy Osbourne again, I saw tram 28 in blue for the first time at Colmore Circus Queensway. Would have tried to take a photo of the two trams together but a limo and this street cleaning vehicle got in the way!

It was just over a week before that I rode this tram back from West Bromwich Central to Corporation Street when it was still pink. Now it's blue! Seen passing the crossing between Colmore Square and Colmore Row, with Bull Street behind.

The lift at St Chad's Tram Stop was out-of-order, so walked up the steps. Tram 37 Ozzy Osbourne seen arriving, not far from the new Three Snowhill.

Walked up a bit past the Living Wall that runs near Birmingham Snow Hill Station, and tram 37 Ozzy Osbourne headed up towards it's next stop at Bull Street.

A few days before saw tram 37 Ozzy Osbourne at Grand Central Tram Stop in the rain. Saw it again on my walk to Birmingham New Street Station.

This pretty much confirms that the tram is still called Ozzy Osbourne. "Rock 'n' Roll!"

The Ozzy Osbourne name seen on tram 37 back in June 2016 when at Corporation Street Tram Stop. Glad it kept that name. Now when are they going to give tram 35 Angus Adams the blue treatment (where is it, not seen it in town recently).

Since the West Midlands Metro trams with battery packs are going fully blue, I'm always on the look out for blue trams. On the 11th August 2019 saw tram 17 heading up Stephenson Place past the Apple building towards Corporation Street.

Despite the tram going up the hill, people still walking down on the right. There is no longer a pavement on that side under the ramp.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

Follow me on Twitter here ellrbrown.

Share  Connect with us
40 passion points

Top Contributors

Daniel Sturley
BirminghamWeAre points: 18K
Combined FreeTimePays points: 35K
FreeTimePays
BirminghamWeAre points: 9093
Combined FreeTimePays points: 19K
Elliott Brown
BirminghamWeAre points: 7317
Combined FreeTimePays points: 18K
Karl Newton
BirminghamWeAre points: 1410
Combined FreeTimePays points: 2730
Stephen Giles
BirminghamWeAre points: 1115
Combined FreeTimePays points: 4500

Show more