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Join us to celebrate Chinese New Year on our instameet with the Chinese Festival Committee and Birmingham Hippodrome! This limited numbers instameet will give you the chance to photograph the colourful celebrations on display throughout the Chinese Quarter, while also accessing the ticketed performances on show inside the Patrick Centre Studio inside the Hippdrome. The event will start at 11.30am with attendees being provided a wristband for the day. They will be free to enjoy the celebrations as they wish, however access to the ticketed performances in the Patrick Centre Studio will be at set times throughout the afternoon.
There are only 25 places available for this instameet and tickets will be provided on a first-come first-served basis. Full details of the event meeting place and agenda will be provided to attendees on the Thursday before the event.
Join us on the 26th of January for a special instameet in the Jewellery Quarter to celebrate its architectural heritage! We’ve teamed up with the JQBID and the Townscape Heritage project to put on this unlimited numbers instameet which will be our first of 2019. We’ll be taking a leisurely stroll around the JQ that will take in its most famous and historic heritage landmarks. The Townscape Heritage project is a heritage lottery funded three-year project that is working to document the architectural heritage of the Quarter and the images taken during the instameet and posted to the event hashtag will greatly help them in this endeavour. We’ll be ending the day in a local pub for a much needed beverage, good food, and a catch up. We hope to see you there!
Image by Ross Jukes (@rossjukes)
This unique instameet will involve a sunrise shoot of the city from the terrace of the 16 Storey Lansdowne building located near five ways. The terrace offers some of the best views the city has to offer and with the right weather 🤞🏻 will provide a spectacular setting for a sunrise shoot.
There are only limited places available for this meet due to the nature of the space and with it still being under construction. The Instameet will take place on Saturday 8th December 2018 starting at 7am until 9am
You will need to enter the ballot to apply for ticket entry to this Instameet. Ballot will remain open for 24 hours from Monday 3rd December 2018. Winners will be selected on Tuesday 4th December 2018 after the ballot closes at 8pm. Winners will be notified by email by 12pm on Wednesday 5th 2018
The ballot is now closed
This very special instameet, brought to you by IGers Birmingham and Ben McPhee, will you give you access to one of Birmingham’s hidden historical secrets, the original mail tunnel that connects the Mailbox to New Street Station.
There will be two trips down to the tunnel, with 10 places available in each group. Each group will have one hour to explore and photograph the tunnel. The timings of these groups will be:
Group 1 – 10:00 – 11:00
Group 2 – 11:00 – 12:00
Places for each group will be awarded by a random ballot on the 19th of October at 8pm, with winners being notified by email that night. Entrants to the ballot MUST be available to be placed in either group 1 or 2.
This instameet comes with specific qualification criteria that must be met. These criteria are as follows:
1. Entrants to the ballot MUST have a camera (DSLR, or mirrorless) and a tripod. The tunnel is very dark and smartphone cameras will not work in the tunnel.
2. Entrants to the ballot MUST be available to be placed in either group 1 or 2.
IF A BALLOT WINNER ATTENDS THE EVENT WITHOUT THE REQUIRED CAMERA EQUIPMENT THEY WILL BE TURNED AWAY AND WILL NOT BE GIVEN ACCESS TO THE TUNNEL.
This special instameet will give you the chance to go behind the scenes on the upcoming production of The Capital by the brilliant Stan’s Cafe at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre! The Capital is a unique show in that it will be staged entirely on moving walkways as a means to explore the themes of financial inequality and strained human relationships. Starting with a rehearsal of the production at the Stan’s Cafe studio in the Jewellery Quarter, instameet attendees will be given a short viewing of a rehearsal before being given the chance to explore the Stan’s Cafe studio which is located in the old A. E. Harris metal pressings factory. The venue is due to be closed and demolished soon so this will be one last chance for IGers to capture it’s wonderfully raw, industrial and atmospheric nature for prosperity.
Instameet attendees will then be escorted from the Stan’s Cafe studio to Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Centenary Square where they will be given the chance to go behind the scenes of this iconic Birmingham theatre! The event will end in Marmalade, the REP’s bar, where attendees will be able to purchase food and drink.
The REP will be running a competition for the attendees with the winning picture posted to the event hashtag winning two tickets and a drink in the bar!
There are only 25 places available on this meet so make sure you move fast to get a ticket! This is an opportunity that is not to be missed!
Join IGers Birmingham to take in the varied sights of one of Birmingham’s prettiest historic suburbs on our Big Bournville Instameet on Bournville Heritage Open Day on 15th September. This will be a great opportunity to visit these locations with other photographers.
Meeting at 9:45am, our busy day will take in:
- 10am: Explore the Church of the Holy Prince Lazar for 30 mins – we will aim to get in first when it opens to hopefully avoid the largest crowds. The Church is highly decorative and was built for political refugees from Yugoslavia after World War II. Dame Elizabeth sponsored thirteen Serbian refugee children during World War I.
- 10:30am: 10 minute walk to next destination.
- 10:45am: Explore the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre for 30 mins. The centre was founded in 1903 by George Cadbury and is Europe’s only centre of this type. It also features beautiful grounds and gardens,
- 11:30am: 5 minute walk to next destination
- 11:40am: Explore Fircroft College of Adult Education for 30 minutes. Fircroft is a former home of George Cadbury’s son, George Cadbury Junior.
- 12:10pm: 20 minute walk to next destination
- 12:30pm: Explore Selly Manor Museum for 45 mins. The Museum dates back to 1474, Selly Manor was rescued from demolition by George Cadbury and founded as a museum.
- 1:15pm: Walk to and explore Quaker Meeting House / Rest House / St Francis C of E Church (all within 2 minutes of each other)
- 1:45pm: Finish on the Village Green for lunch, option to visit Bournville Experience
The route will involve walking approximately 1.5 miles (extra depending upon where you park) and You will be able to pick up refreshments at some of the locations.
If you are coming by car we recommend either:
- Parking near the Serbian Church – you will be able to get the number 27 bus from Bournville Village Green over to near the church at the end of the event if you don’t want to walk any further.
- Parking near Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School as it is midway between the Church and Bournville Village Green.
You are welcome to join us for all or part of the event.
We have worked with the Bournville Village Trust to secure an exclusive preview for 10 people at 6 picture-perfect Bournville locations on the 8th September, a week before they take part in Birmingham Heritage Week (when we will also be holding a general instameet taking in these locations, and others).
Starting at 9:30am prompt, our jam-packed morning will take in:
- The Church of the Holy Prince Lazar – highly decorative, the church was built for political refugees from Yugoslavia after World War II. Dame Elizabeth sponsored thirteen Serbian refugee children during World War I (pictured above).
- The Almshouses – Built in 1898 by architect Ewan Harper for Richard Cadbury, the Quadrangle contains 33 bungalows. Tours of this location in Heritage Week are already sold out!
- Selly Manor Museum – A beautiful Tudor manor and medieval hall saved by George Cadbury, and surrounded by a cottage garden.
- Carillion Tower – The Carillon is made up of 48 bells played serially to produce a melody which can be heard across Bournville.
- The Rest House – This distinctive building is home to the Carillon Visitor Centre, built in 1914 to mark the silver wedding anniversary of George and Elizabeth Cadbury.
- Quaker Meeting House – Built in 1905 this unusual Y-shaped building was designed by architect W.A. Harvey.
Important things to note:
- The instameet will involve traveling by car between a couple of venues. When you sign up please indicate as to whether or not you have a car and if you’d be willing to give others a lift.
- As a thank you to each of the locations, we would like attendees to send high-resolution images through to us within 2 days of the instameet which the locations can use. IGers Birmingham will also use them in a blog post to be published on the 12th September.
How to obtain a place:
- Click on the ballot link and fill out the form by 11pm on Thursday 16th August.
- On Friday 17th August we will draw 10 names out of a hat. Everyone will be notified as to whether they are successful or not. NB: In order to ensure that we have enough drivers, if the first 8 are not drivers then we reserve the right to keep on drawing for spots 9 and 10 until we get drivers who are willing to give others a lift. We will also allocate 1 reserve.
You can find out more about the other Bournville Heritage Open Day which will take place on Saturday 15th September here.
Image by The Church of the Holy Prince Lazar.
In the first of our Birmingham Heritage Week instameets, we’re delighted to be bringing you a special preview event that will take place a week before the main events. Follow in the footsteps of royalty and visit one of the last great Jacobean houses to be built – Aston Hall. It is a magnificent seventeenth century red-brick mansion situated in a picturesque public park on the north side of Birmingham. Built between 1618 and 1635 for Sir Thomas Holte and home to James Watt Junior from 1817-1848, Aston Hall is steeped in history. Now a Grade I listed building, the hall is restored to its former Jacobean splendour and is hugely popular with visitors of all ages.
IGers Birmingham have secured 70 spaces for exclusive free access before the Hall opens for the day on Saturday 1st September, so we will be able to explore the stunning interiors and see the home that received royalty, was besieged during the English Civil War and inspired an author, in relative peace! Instameet attendees are welcome to continue to explore once the Hall opens to the public at 11am.
You can find out about the Birmingham Heritage Week tours and events at Aston Hall here (which includes a free entry day on the 15th and 16th September).
Join us for a late summer’s evening instameet in the beautiful surroundings of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Explore the grounds without the disturbance of the general public as we’ll have sole access to the gardens for much of the instameet (there’s an event in one of the internal function rooms later but the majority of visitors should be inside enjoying themselves and not in the gardens).
Sunset is scheduled for 8:13pm so keep your fingers crossed that it’s a good one!
Date: Friday 24th August
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Tickets: 150 (Tickets are free. Please only book if you know you can attend. If you book and then find you can’t attend, please let us know so that we can reallocate your ticket).
Join us at Highbury Hall to explore the historic home of one of Birmingham’s most famous statesmen, Joseph Chamberlain, before a programme of renovations gets underway to formally open the Hall to the public. Commissioned in 1878 and taking its name from the area of London where he lived as a child, Chamberlain lived here from 1880 until his death in 1914.
This Grade II Listed building retains much of its historic grandeur, despite having been used in the intervening years as a hospital annex and home for disabled soldiers, a home for the elderly and most recently as a conference and events venue.
In 2016 the Chamberlain Highbury Trust took over the building from Birmingham City Council on a long leasehold. An £8 million fundraising campaign was launched in 2018 to restore the building and parkland. The plans aim to open Highbury to the public for the first time, creating an exhibition on the Chamberlain’s lives and history of the hall, a café as well as maintaining spaces for weddings and conferences. Highbury is an exceptional example of a mansion house and grounds created by a wealthy industrialist in a suburban location. It is remarkable for its Venetian Gothic architecture and its wealth of craftsmanship and decoration.
You can find out more about fascinating history and future plans for Highbury Hall here.
After exploring Highbury’s interior, we will visit the grounds, Highbury Park and King’s Heath Park before ending in the park’s Tea Rooms.
There are three slots, limited to 20 people at each one. PLEASE only book if you can attend and if you find that you can no longer attend once you’ve booked, do let us know and we can re-allocate the ticket as we always have a waiting list, even if it’s at the last minute. Thanks.