Birmingham will host first ever Heritage Week throughout the city between 10- 17 September…reports Asian Lite.
The Heritage Week will feature a programme of events and activities ranging from exhibitions and concerts, to trails and talks.
A key attraction of the week is that visitors will be able to explore venues that are rarely open to the public – the first of these to confirm is St Mary’s Convent in Handsworth, which will be open for tours on 11/12 September.
It is hoped that other venues will include: Curzon St Station, Perrott’s Folly, Council House Tower, Law Courts, Assay Office.
In addition, a new blue plaque will be installed which will commemorate a famous female personality who lived in Birmingham and there will also be a street naming in honour of its celebrated local residents.
Birmingham Heritage Week will coincide with this year’s Heritage Open Days, the UK’s biggest heritage festival, which takes place between 10-13 September. The week will also celebrate significant anniversaries taking place this year, such as the 300th Anniversary of Birmingham Cathedral.
Chairman of the Heritage Week steering group, Councillor Waseem Zaffar, said: “Birmingham has an amazing heritage that needs to be celebrated and shared with those that live in the city as well as further afield.
“It’s also important to recognise the contribution made by Brummies that have helped shape this city and had an impact on the international stage. Our wish is that Birmingham Heritage Week will encourage Brummies from all backgrounds and facets of life to come together to enjoy as well as learn about our heritage.”