Saturday 10 September 10am – 4pm FREE ENTRY

As part of Heritage Open Days and Birmingham Heritage Week the Institute will open its doors to the general public for FREE tours, talks and workshops in its Grade II* listed building. Come meet our staff and volunteers and explore our building with a guided or even a self-guided tour! There will be things for you to do and see throughout the day:

DON’T MISS The History of the BMI: Talk and Guided Tour  with Dr Connie Wan 10 – 11.30am & 1 – 2.30pm LIMITED PLACESBook now

Join Dr Connie Wan for a talk on the history of the Institute, followed by a guided tour of our extensive building. There will be a unique opportunity to learn about the BMI’s illustrious history, see objects from our archives and spaces in the building not usually accessible to visitors.

Vintage Book, Stitch and Bake Sale! 10am – 4pm Help us raise funds to revamp our Library! Stalls will be in the building throughout the day. Our Coffee Lounge will be open too if you wanted a light refreshment (or even lunch!) to go with your cakes! Want to help or donate? Telephone Connie on 0121 2363591

Come and view The Birmingham Library 10am – 4pm Not to be confused with the Library of Birmingham, The Birmingham Library was founded in 1779 by the local button maker, John Lee. Come and learn more about its history and see our library collection which includes volumes dating back to the eighteenth century.

FREE Family Tree Workshop with the Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry 10am – 4pm Drop in, no need to book Learn how you can trace your family tree with our in-house experts! They will have a range of specialist publications on sale too.

Meet and greet the Society for the History of Astronomy 10am – 4pm Drop in, no need to book The SHA will be hosting visitors in the Sir Robert Ball Library, dedicated to books on the history of astronomy. Come and meet members of the society and see what their library holds.