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.
Join us for a special instameet where you will get to capture the beauty and poise of the performers of the Birmingham International Dance Festival! If live dance and performance art is your thing then this is for you! There are 40 spaces available for this event so book your place quickly before it sells out!
This is an all-day event that starts at 12 noon and will run until 10 pm. You will be provided with an event lanyard and pass to identify you as part of the instameet and for you to use to get in the best position to capture the performers. With this lanyard and pass, you will be able to come and go from the event as you please, so if you can’t stay for the whole day and want to return later on that is possible.
The event will be held in Victoria Square and BIDF have kindly arranged for refreshments to be on hand for the breaks which will occur throughout the day.
Full details of the meeting place, line up, and break times will be shared prior to the event by email.
There will be a special guest co-running the event on the day as well but you will need to attend to find out who!
In one month’s time the IGers Birmingham exhibition that is currently on display at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter will come to an end. Before it ends we will be holding an instameet in the museum itself. The museum is built around a perfectly preserved jewellery workshop offering a unique glimpse of working life in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter.
When the proprietors of the Smith & Pepper jewellery manufacturing firm retired in 1981 they simply ceased trading and locked the door, unaware they would be leaving a time capsule for future generations.
Today the factory is a remarkable museum, which tells the story of the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage.
This is a limited numbers event.
Time: 2:45pm – 4pm
Date: Monday 7th May
Cost: The Museum have kindly waived the entrance fee, but do bring some cash with you to give a donation.
In 2014 @igerswiltshire attended one of the early @igersbirmingham instameets which involved exploring the canals – a photo of which is used here! Four years later they want to come back so we are putting on another canals-based meet.
The 3.5 mile route will take in a variety of Birmingham landmarks and views. Being a canal-based route it’s pretty flat and everyone will be able to take it at their own pace. We anticipate the meet will last around 2 hours (depending upon individuals’ speed). For those worried about the distance, “exit routes” will be highlighted so you can get the train / bus back to the city centre if the going gets too tough (or you’ve spent too much time taking photos during the first half!).
We’ll be ending at the Malt House so you’ll be able to get refreshments after the walk. After you have refuelled, you are welcome to stay and join us in showing @igerswiltshire around the city centre.
Start point (updated): the space near the entrance to University Station, next to the University of Birmingham
Please note the update to the start point and length of this event.
- Register for a space via our eventbrite ballot between now and 9am on Thursday 19th April. Only one entry per person.
- The names of everyone who has registered will then be put in to a hat and 50 names will be drawn.
- You will be notified by 6pm on Thursday 19th of April if you have / have not been successful or are on the wait list.
- If you are no longer able to attend you must let us know. Places are non transferable.