Lots of events are free but please note many are ticketed, sometimes free, sometimes for a small fee.
Tuesday 23 May 8pm. MUSIC, POETRY AND PERFORMANCE. Atsuko Kamura and Jude Cowan Montague perform songs of Birmingham and beyond. Poetry and performance from Japan and London with contributions from wonderful guests such as James Kennedy. There’s more at this website: The Adventures of Young Alfred Hitchcock.
Tuesday 30 May 7pm. HISTORICAL TALK: Phil Clayton - Joeys, Joshers and James; A Birmingham Canals Miscellany. Phil Clayton, from the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society, delivers an illustrated talk, with songs, covering the beginnings, growth, working years, decline and revival of the Birmingham Canal Navigations.
Tickets are £2 on the door or available for £1.66 here: Birmingham Canals Talk. Limited to 40 places so book to guarantee entry.
Friday 2 June 12 noon.The official opening of the new Gunmakers Arms. At 12 noon on Friday 2 June the Gunmakers Arms will open with ten real ale pumps - yes … TEN! Eight Two Towers Brewery ales plus guest ales. New fonts, too, serving popular and premium lagers. We’ll also have three farmhouse ciders on the bar. And we’ll have a range of 16 canned and bottled craft beers. Add to that a great selection of wines and spirits … who could ask for more? Oh, some alcohol alternatives? Yes, we’ll have plenty of soft drinks, too.
FOOD SOON! A new food menu, including traditional breakfasts from 10am, will follow soon but the knock-on effects of the refurb mean that we have to wait (hopefully just a few days) before reopening the kitchen.
Saturday 3 June 8pm. FILM NIGHT: It’s The Day of Czech Culture in Birmingham on Thursday 1 June celebrating, amongst other things, the achievements of award-winning Czech artist Pavel Brazda. So we welcome back Birmingham’s Czech and Slovak clubs for another movie treat - and you get to choose the film! Just pop along to Czech film choice to decide between, amongst others, The Cremator and Closely Observed Trains, both, if you don't know, absolute classics. They're Czech films with English subtitles.
Tuesday 27 June 7.00pm. LOCAL HISTORY: David & Pam Humphries – A Virtual Tour of the Outer Circle. If you don’t know we’re referring to the number 11 bus route you may need to check your Brummie credentials. Pam and David accompany us on a journey around the Outer Circle, highlighting some of those secret places with hidden histories and introducing us to some of the people you might once have met along the way.
Tickets are £2 on the door but places are limited so to guarantee entry you'll need a ticket available for £1 (+66p booking fee) here: A Virtual Tour of the Outer Circle.
Monday 3 July 7pm. TALL TALES & REAL ALES: Watt’s the story? A night of live fiction with a scientific bent to celebrate the life and work of James Watt, inventor of the separate condenser. There will be a chance to chat with the authors and, of course, buy books! It's free but please book here so we have an idea of numbers.
Tuesday 4 July 6.30pm. PSYCHOLOGIST IN THE PUB. Dr Aaisha Farooqi, Research Fellow and Lecturer at Birmingham City University - People make mistakes ... and accidents happen. But why? Or, as the proper, non-sensational title of this talk says: Methods for the Investigation of Work and Human Errors in Rail Engineering Contexts.
Aaisha looks at how people work; how the task they're being asked to carry out, and how they're feeling about life in general (that's my take on socio-technical systems!), affects whether they do their job well, or at least not do it badly. Now then, boss, have I got this right? Or at least not got it wrong?
More info and booking details at www.meetup.com Psychologist in the Pub
Tuesday 25 July 7pm. HISTORICAL TALK: Pam & David Humphries - A History of the Birmingham Hippodrome. Bringing to life the theatre that replaced the circus which stood on land along Inge Street occupied until the 1890s by back to back housing. The Hippodrome is still there, of course.
Tickets are £2 on the door or available for £1 (+66p booking fee) here: Hippodrome History Talk. Limited to 40 places so book to guarantee entry
Saturday 26 August, Time TBC. BIRMINGHAM SUPERPRIX. Everyone had such a good time at our Birmingham Superprix event last year that we’ve been asked to host it again this year. The organisers, The Birmingham Superprix Film & Archive Project, continue to work towards a documentary film about the race and will again be mounting an exhibition of memorabilia, rare photos and other material they’ve acquired for the archive. There will also be rarely screened footage from the races along with trailers from the documentary-in-progress. We’ll let you know more closer to the date.
Tuesday 29 August 7pm. LOCAL HISTORY. Mark Davies - Chance Glassworks Heritage Trust. On the Birmingham-Halesowen border, Chance Glassworks supplied the glass for the Crystal Palace and the glass that focussed the light for the vast majority of the world’s life-saving lighthouses. From around 1830 to the middle of the Twentieth Century it was one of the most important industrial employers in the Midlands. Mark Davies, chair of the Chance Glassworks Heritage Trust, gives an insight into the history of Chance Glassworks and the work of the trust.
Please book here (£1.66 inc booking fee) Chance Glassworks talk.
Tuesday 28 November 7pm. LOCAL HISTORY. Fiona Joseph - The role of Cadbury women workers during World War One. Join Birmingham author and speaker Fiona Joseph as she delves into the Cadbury Archives to uncover the real life stories of the factory women at Bournville during war-time, and how their efforts on the Home Front inspired her novel, Comforts for the Troops. Fiona is also the author of Beatrice; the Cadbury heiress who gave away her fortune. You can find out more about Fiona and her books at fionajoseph.com.
Please book here (£1.66 inc booking fee): Not just chocolate bars and knitted socks.