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 John Collier, Central Avenue, Exhibtion of Local manufactures and natural History, Bingley Hall, 1886. Photo: Birmingham Library and Archive Services

John Collier, Central Avenue, Exhibtion of Local manufactures and natural History, Bingley Hall, 1886. Photo: Birmingham Library and Archive Services

And we churn:

“Made in Birmingham presents over 50 stunning archive images by the Birmingham photographer, John Collier, documenting the extraordinary Exhibition of Local Manufactures and Natural History, held at the Bingley Hall in 1886.

Following the design of the 1886 exhibition, which had seating arranged around a Chance Bros lighthouse in the Central Avenue, Birmingham Library and Archive Services and Standard8 have commissioned a bespoke piece of street furniture from the long establish firm of Gabriel and Co of Tyseley which will sit at the heart of the exhibition.

The exhibition is presented as part of the events marking the Matthew Boutlon bi-centenary. Its accompanied by a special souvenir booklet available from Birmingham Central Library and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Shop, priced £3.00. There’s also a special supplement in the the Birmingham Post to be published on the Friday 26 June.”

& the whole outdoor thing is on June 20 – August 31 Centenary Sq.

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