Your city needs you! Help us to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Birmingham Blitz

We’re putting a call out to everyone in the city.  We are commemorating 75 years of the Birmingham Blitz next month with a specially commissioned light installation which will carry the names of all of the people who died in the devastating bombing in the city during WW2.

Artist's impression of the light installation.

Artist’s impression of the light installation.

In Birmingham 2,241 people lost their lives during the war which also saw many people injured and others made homeless.

We do not want to forget them but we need your help.

We are calling out to everyone to help make 2,241 lanterns that will be an integral part of the installation – forming a bombed terraced house with projections of the devastation and audio from people who experienced it all those years ago.

Children from several schools across Birmingham will be making lanterns, with Hippodrome staff also participating  but we would also love it if families, businesses, and our neighbours also got involved to make this a special event.

We are therefore holding FREE family workshops:


Families attend the lantern making workshop at Birmingham Hippodrome last Saturday (24 Oct)

Lantern making 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.

Lantern making workshops at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery:
Mon 26, Weds 28 & Thurs 29 Oct 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Lantern making workshops at Birmingham Hippodrome:
Saturday 31 October 10-2pm

Just turn up on the day. No booking required!

This is a great opportunity for families to get together over the half term holiday and help us achieve our goal of 2,241 lanterns

The installation called 2,241 Reasons to Remember can be viewed from 19-21 November, Bull Ring outdoor market.

Your time and effort will help to make this a very memorable event and your lantern(s) will be seen by visitors over the three days – we hope you can join us.


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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