Nicklin Unseen celebrates £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

Via Chris Brown for Colmore Business District

Nicklin Unseen celebrates £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

Colmore Business District and digital photographic archive, Brumpic, have received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage* grant, it was announced today. £10,000 has been awarded for Nicklin Unseen, an exciting new outdoor photography exhibition which examines the work of Birmingham photographer, Phyllis Nicklin.

The exhibition, which launches on 1 October 2015 in Snow Hill Square, Birmingham, features over 50 images taken by Nicklin between 1953-69 at a time when the city was undergoing a major period of transformation.

phylis nicklin presentation

Colmore Business District (CBD), a business improvement district which was established to deliver improvements and services to the business quarter of Birmingham, will work alongside Brumpic and curators Pete James and David Oram to deliver the outdoor exhibition at the epicenter of Birmingham’s business quarter.

Nicklin Unseen has received additional funding from leading transport consultancy JMP and is supported by University of Birmingham, Library of Birmingham and Reuben Colley Fine Art.

Commenting on the award, Mike Best, board director at Colmore Business District, said: “Birmingham City Centre is undergoing a considerable transformation at the moment, not unlike the one Phyllis herself witnessed almost 60 years ago. As the second city evolves with developments such as Grand Central, Paradise Circus and the Beorma Quarter all underway, we felt it was important for people who live, work and visit to look back at the last social, architectural and urban transformation which took place.”

Newtown - 28th March 1967 by Phyllis Nicklin.
Newtown – 28th March 1967 by Phyllis Nicklin.

Reyahn King, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that Colmore BID and Brumpic can embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”

About Colmore Business District

CBD is a business improvement district (BID) established to deliver improvements and services to the business quarter of Birmingham, over and above those provided by the City Council. The CBD area is Birmingham’s premier concentration of professional and business service companies. Around 500 companies are located in the District employing up to 35,000 people and occupy approximately 5.6 million square feet of office space. CBD’s diverse business community provides quality services and expertise to regional, national and international clients

About Brumpic

Brumpic is a social media project that aims to become a major community resource, filled with the memories, experiences and contributions from the people of Birmingham. It currently has in excess of 40,000 followers on Twitter at, 16,000 on Facebook as This is Birmingham, 3,500 on Instagram, at its website has between 30 and 50 thousand views a month.

About Heritage Lottery Fund

From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.

About Sharing Heritage

*Sharing Heritage is for any not-for-profit group wanting to explore their community’s heritage. With a commitment from HLF of £3m each year, Sharing Heritage grants between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to groups who want to discover their local heritage. Projects can cover a wide spectrum of subject matter from exploring local archaeology and a community’s cultures and traditions to identifying and recording local wildlife and protecting the surrounding environment to managing and training volunteers, and holding festivals and events to commemorate the past.

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