100 Years of Birmingham Civic Society celebrated with a giant picnic

via Caroline for Birmingham Civic Society

100 Years of Birmingham Civic Society celebrated with a giant picnic

At an inaugural meeting on 10 June 1918 in Birmingham’s Council House, the Birmingham Civic Society was first founded.

Since 1918, the society has championed civic pride, protected Birmingham’s green spaces and cultural heritage, and worked to make Birmingham a better place for its citizens, visitors and workforce. To celebrate 100 years of the society, this special civic picnic is the focal event of a year-long programme of events, activities, walks and tours, which are open to all.

Soho House
Soho House

Gavin Orton, Chairman of the Society said: “We are delighted to be able to offer such a great range of events and activities to Birmingham residents, workers and visitors to the city, celebrating 100 years of the Birmingham Civic Society. The society and its members work tirelessly to protect our city’s green spaces and cultural heritage and promote citizenship amongst young people. We hope these events and activities will show off all that is great about Birmingham and encourage even more people to become members.”

Birmingham Civic Society has a proud record of achievement in preserving and celebrating the city’s heritage. In the 1920s and 30s it raised significant funds to purchase and donate substantial areas of land to the city’s public parks. Later on the Society was also instrumental in preserving a number of familiar Birmingham statues, most notably those of Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, Joseph Sturge and Joseph Priestley.

Birmingham Civic Society Queen Victoria
Birmingham Civic Society Queen Victoria

It was thanks to the Society that Birmingham Cathedral’s world-famous Burne-Jones windows were removed into safe storage at the outbreak of the Second World War. The cathedral was subsequently badly damaged by bombing during the Birmingham Blitz and so without Birmingham Civic Society’s intervention these superb works of art would have been lost forever. More recently, the society has planted over 70,000 trees through the Trees for Life programme and over 26,500 students have taken part in the Next Generation Awards.

The picnic takes place Sunday 10 June 2018, 1pm – 4pm at Soho House Museum, Soho Ave, Birmingham B18 5LB find out more and download the full centenary programme at birminghamcivicsociety.org.uk


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