Everything you need to know about Birmingham Heritage Week

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Today marks the official start of Birmingham Heritage Week, a 10 day celebration of the city’s historic and cultural legacy.

Over 100 events will take place all over the city from the 7th to 17th September. Heritage Week kicked off with a special evening at St Philip’s Cathedral on Wednesday 6th September, where the winners of the Instagrammers of Birmingham photography competition were announced. The contest ran in collaboration with Birmingham Museums Trust and The Jack & Ada Beattie Foundation; 25 images were selected, and 18 year old Sam McAuliffe was named the overall winner, with his photograph of Gas Street Basin.

Spoiled for choice? Here are our top picks for what’s going on:

Birmingham Music Tours, Friday 8th September, 11am – 2.30pm, 1.30pm – 5pm 

Birmingham has a rich musical history, from reggae legends Steele Pulse to heavy metal royalty Ozzy Osbourne. Visit some of the city’s most significant spots, such as the club where David Bowie formed one of the world’s biggest groups, and the “Home of Banghra” in Handsworth.

Positively Birmingham Tour No.1, Saturday 9th September, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

This walking tour of the city starts outside the Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square and encompasses Birmingham’s Victorian architecture, some of the history of the Industrial Revolution, and of course, the canals. The event is inspired by the book Positively Birmingham, a free copy of which is included in the tour.

Flatpack Floating Cinema Shorts, Sunday 10th September, 12pm – 4pm

Board the Ikon Slow Boat for a leisurely sail along the Birmingham and Ladyhood canals while taking in their history via a series of short films from the Media Archive of Central England.

Blakesley Hall Ale Festival, Saturday 16th September, 11am – 8pm

This celebration of Birmingham’s micro-breweries takes place on the grounds of Blakesley Hall, the historic Tudor house in Yardley. Entry to the festival costs £5 and includes a limited edition ale glass.

Siege! Aston Hall, Saturday 16th September, 11am – 4pm

Journey back to 1643, when the Civil War came to Birmingham. This reenactment of the siege of Aston Hall, sponsored by Wesleyan, will follow the stories of the soldiers and servants who fortified and defended the Hall. You can simply drop in at any time on from 11am on Saturday to experience the siege — cost of entry is the same as usual for the site.

To view the full programme, visit Birmingham Heritage Week.

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