When you think of Heavy Metal, one band springs to mind immediately – Black Sabbath. Fronted by the infamous Ozzy Osbourne, notorious for biting the head off a bat live on stage back in the 1970’s, Black Sabbath pioneered the heavy metal sound, right here in Birmingham. 50 years later, they’ve sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, been ranked by MTV as the ‘Greatest Metal Band of all time’ and listed by Rolling Stone Magazine in their ‘100 greatest artists of all time’. In 2019 Black Sabbath received a Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Grammys.
Not only is Birmingham the backdrop and inspiration for the hit BBC TV series Peaky Blinders, it’s also the city where JRR Tolkien grew up and many of the places he describes in his books are real life locations here in the city.
In and around Birmingham you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to learning about the rich history of the city. There are 89 specialist Museums and Art Galleries across the Birmingham region, so you’re never short of options if you want to delve into the past. In this edition, we are aiming the spotlight on Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) located in the city centre in a beautiful landmark building established in 1885. It has an international collection of exhibits covering fine art, ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, archaeology, natural history, local history and industrial history.
Birmingham is an important cultural centre for theatre in the UK and has been for many years. The tradition started as early as the 1740’s and is still going strong today. In this week’s blog discover current and upcoming Birmingham musicals, plays, operas, pantomimes, stand-up comedy, concerts and more - there’s an introduction to each theatre and a link to their websites for full listings of what’s on right now and in the coming months.
The Balti is ours! Although other cities may claim to be the birthplace of the Chicken Tikka Masala, in Birmingham we have an even greater claim - we are the Home of the Balti. Read our latest blog to discover more.
The best way to get around is on foot - you see it all. From the industrial heritage the city is renowned for to the old haunts of the infamous Peaky Blinders, you can enjoy an edutaining walking tour of Birmingham whilst you stay in the second city.
There’s never been a better time to live, study and work in Birmingham. Centrally located within easy reach of the UK’s major cities, it couldn’t be more convenient. And it’s not just students that love Birmingham as a place to live. More and more professionals from London are moving away from the capital to develop their careers here in the Midlands, especially Birmingham.
In this week’s blog we look at two fantastic examples of picturehouses from the halcyon days of the picture house: Kingstanding and Sutton Coldfield.
In this week’s blog we explore Birmingham’s canals – one of the great wonders of the industrial world. We’ll look back to the glorious age of the industrial revolution when Birmingham was firmly planted as the City of 1000 trades to now as Birmingham is emerging from its slumber to claim its place as a metropolis of the modern age.
For most of us who live in Birmingham, we often take for granted how lucky we are in terms of architecture. We have an exciting combination of futuristic, contemporary and traditional all in one place. So, let’s take a look at a few more of the iconic buildings of Brum.
The TV series Peaky Blinders is synonomous with Birmingham. Discover some of the sites of the Peaky Blinders and their history and real-life settings in Birmingham.
England’s second largest city, Birmingham, has undergone some serious cosmetic surgery over the past 20 years and is finally shifting the image of an ugly concrete jungle to that of a modern metropolis for the 21st century. Birmingham now boasts some of the finest architectural structures in Europe, but what exactly makes Brum the culture loving city it is? Read on to find out more…