Currently there is lots of discussion about what the future holds for the Digbeth/Eastside area. There will be a new Eastside campus for Birmingham City University to replace Gosta Green. There is talk of the area becoming the new Whitehall. There may even be a cashpoint!
Next Tuesday (6th October) from 6.30-8.30pm at Ikon Eastside there is a public discussion hosted by the Eastside Arts Consortium. It will ask what the people who work, live and visit the area wish for the future. The discussion will be chaired by Nicky Getgood of Digbeth is Good, and include speakers such as Philip Singleton, Joe Holyoak and Dave Harte.
On the night there will also be screenings of news footage filmed in Digbeth and Deritend between 1956 and 1978.
Incidentally, the picture I chose is of The Old Crown on Digbeth High Street c.1857 from the John Whybrow Collection. The negative is possibly the earliest surviving glass plate of a Birmingham street scene. Look! The gentleman’s wearing a stove pipe hat!