If there is one exhibition you see before the end of the year make it Birmingham Seen at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. It is a wonderful, fascinating social and historical exhibition documenting the history of the city.
Birmingham Seen explores the ways artists and photographers have portrayed the people and landscape of Birmingham since 1820. The exhibition includes works from the museums fine art, topological and local history collections as well as many works from Birmingham Central Library’s National Collection of Photography. There are photographs of bomb damage during the war, the construction of the clock tower at Birmingham University, gas light decorations on the Town Hall and model and plans of the proposed Centenary Square civic development which remind me a little of the architectural work of Albert Speer (probably one reason why it wasn’t developed!)
Through the exhibition you can really see Birmingham grow over the years the exhibition spans.
Birmingham Seen continues until 3rd January. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and January 1st.
Incidentally, this happens to be More Canals than Venice’s 100th post! It’s gone very quickly. MCtV is nothing without you lot, so if there is anything wonderful you are doing or think I should know about please drop me an email!