We launch a major new creative heritage project to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Birmingham Blitz

To commemorate the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Birmingham Blitz, we are launching a major creative learning project 2,241 Reasons To Remember.

In November 1940, just five days after the Coventry attack, Birmingham suffered three nights of consecutive bombing. 800 people lost their lives, thousands were injured and 20,000 civilians were made homeless.

This year, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of this tragic event families of all ages have the chance to be part of a major creative learning project culminating in a special light and sound installation by award-winning arts organisation Metro-Boulot-Dodo.

Presented by us,  2,241 Reasons to Remember will bring together archive images from the Library of Birmingham, oral history from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as well as work created by members of the public attending special workshops at the theatre and in schools across the city.

The light and sound installation will feature hand-made lanterns forming the bricks of a bombed terraced house with projections of the devastation and audio from people who experienced it all those years ago.  Families are invited to help with the lanterns at a series of Free workshops:-

  • Help Us Remember – FREE Half-term workshops. No booking required.
  • Venue: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome
  • Dates: Mon 26, Weds 28 and Thurs 29 Oct 11am-1pm, and 2pm-4pm
  • Workshops will be led by professional visual artist Sophie Handy, creating a series of lanterns which will be an integral part of the illumination event
  • FREE Lantern workshops will also take place at Birmingham Hippodrome on Sat 24 and Sat 31 Oct from 10am – 2pm

We have also teamed up with professional theatre company, Highly Sprung to offer a special Half Term Residency from Mon 26 – Fri 30 Oct from 10am – 3pm for children aged 9-16 years. During the week children will learn drama and physical theatre techniques as they explore what happened during the Blitz and the impact it had on children their age. £50 pp. To book contact our Box Office on 0800 338 5000.

2,241 Reasons to Remember will also see free drama workshops take place in schools across the city.

2,241 Reasons to Remember is funded by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Southside BID, Birmingham City Council and The Limoges Trust.

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All photo credits go to Birmingham Archives & Heritage Service, Library of Birmingham

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