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The Gardens Trust Autumn Lecture: Pleasure & Production

Dianne Long’s lecture will explore the landscapes of eighteenth century industrialists, whose gardens have attracted little attention compared with those of the landed gentry and aristocracy. For further details and booking form, click here.

TGT is targeting Birmingham as the prime out-of-London site for garden history education and has decided to run 2 lectures every year (spring and autumn) at BMI. Various garden history special interest days are in the pipeline – including one at Highbury Hall, shortly to be advertised.

Plan of Enoch Wood’s manufactory and garden, Courtesy of Stoke Archives/Museum and Art Gallery

The Arts Society West Midlands Autumn Special Interest Day

The Arts Society West Midlands Autumn Special Interest Day on ‘Head, Hand and Heart: the Birmingham Group of Artist-Craftsmen’ will be held at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, on Tuesday 17th October 2017 from 10 am to 3.30 pm. The lecture will be given by Professor Anne Anderson.

The ‘Birmingham Group’ was an informal group of, now relatively unknown but influential, artist-craftsmen, working in Birmingham in the late19th/early20th centuries. Members of the group also overlapped with other more formal organisations, including the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, the Ruskin Pottery and the Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts. Professor Anderson will examine their work and legacy, and how they were influenced by leading artists like Edward Burne-Jones, who was born in Birmingham, and William Morris. The day will conclude in the galleries to view some of their work and with a visit to St. Philip’s Cathedral to see the remarkable Burne-Jones windows.

Click here to view the event poster and here to download a booking form.

Save Our Parks

The Arts Society Birmingham has been contacted by a member of the Birmingham Open Spaces Forum to see if we can help with a campaign. She writes:

Britain’s parks are at risk. There’s no legal responsibility to look after them and squeezed budgets mean our local green spaces – from playgrounds, to the park you relax in on your lunch break – don’t have the money they need. We could end up being forced to pay to use our parks – or lose them altogether.

A group of MPs are looking into the crisis right now. They’re thinking of making protecting parks a legal requirement, and they’ll advise the government on what to do.

A huge petition, signed by all of us, will prove how much we love our parks. It could convince the MPs to come up with a water-tight plan for protecting them.

Can you sign the petition now and demand that looking after our parks is made a legal requirement by the government? It only takes 30 seconds to add your name –