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Eyecare charity receives £1,000 grant to help Birmingham’s homeless

A charity that provides eye tests and glasses to homeless people in Birmingham can support an extra 25 vulnerable people after receiving a grant for £1,000. Homeless people suffer a higher level of eye problems than the general population yet many don’t get the eye care they need. Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP), is […]

Birmingham’s Lapworth Museum taking on Tate for Museum of the Year title

A tiny Birmingham museum is taking on the Tate Modern in London for the £100,000 Museum of the Year prize. The Lapworth Museum of Geology at the University of Birmingham is one of five contenders for the title of Art Fund Museum of the Year. Containing the region’s finest collection of fossils, volcanic rocks, dinosaur […]

More than 7,000 now signed up for first-ever Birmingham International Marathon

With less than six months to go until the first ever Birmingham International Marathon, organisers have revealed the number of people signed up to take part has now passed 7,000. The inaugural Birmingham International Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 15; the same day as the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon, which means more than […]

Colmore Bee Garden creating a buzz in Birmingham’s business district

The first rooftop bee garden in the Colmore Business District is creating a buzz among workers and visitors to the area. The Colmore Bee Garden has been installed on the rooftop meadow at 2 Colmore Square by Colmore Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Urban Buzz, a project at Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation […]

New restaurant plans for key site on Birmingham’s New Street

An application has been made to change the use of a prominent unit in Birmingham city centre from retail to restaurant. Plans have been lodged with Birmingham City Council to turn the Grade II-listed building on the corner of New Street and Cannon Street into a restaurant for an unidentified national chain. Until 2014 fashion […]

Thresholds VR exhibition highlights Birmingham’s role in history of photography

An innovative exhibition taking place in Birmingham in the summer of 2017 aims to shed light on the important role the city played in the early years of the history of photography. Thresholds, a virtual reality art project by internationally acclaimed artist Mat Collishaw and photographic historian, Pete James, will take audiences back over 170 […]

Why legendary fundraiser ‘Blind Dave’ plans to keep on running throughout 2017

He has run the equivalent of two laps of the planet – with 8,000 miles to spare – in a lifetime dedicated to phenomenal fundraising feats. Yet Black Country legend ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley shows no sign of running out of steam after visiting his beloved West Bromwich Albion to launch his latest punishing challenge. The […]

Retail BID Birmingham’s Edit magazine out now

Hot off the press… the latest edition of Retail BID Birmingham’s Edit magazine is on its way to more than 500 city centre businesses. This is the sixth edition of the member magazine, published by Edwin Ellis Creative Media on behalf of Retail BID; the Business Improvement District for city centre retail and leisure businesses. […]