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People & communities
Displaying until 24 Dec 2018 - FreeTimePays

Win prizes for sharing your Birmingham passions!

At BirminghamWeAre, we're building the largest ever community of people who together share one huge passion - Birmingham. Whether you live in Birmingham, work in the city. or enjoy visiting and staying in Birmingham, you've simply got to be a member of FreeTimePays! Take the link below, register for free and we'll get you your very own Community Passport set up. You'll be able to follow your passions, collect passion points, follow other communities and help your city and community in so many ways.

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Inspiration

People & communities
Displaying until 11 Oct 2018 - FreeTimePays

Inspiration - it's in all of us!

This photo, taken by Gareth Davies at Iron Kids earlier this year, became the inspiration behind InspiredWeAre, the latest of our FreeTimePays communities. This amazing display of grit and determination made us realise just how many people are out there pursuing their dreams and how many are inspired to do something that changes lives for the better - their own or others! It doesn't always have to be physical challenges that are overcome. Often it can be the pusuit of a passion or an act of kindness that makes all the difference.

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Introducing

Digital services
Displaying until 01 Jul 2018 - FreeTimePays

Book a 'Show & Tell' with us

Whether, on-line or one-on-one meeting, connect with us and arrange your very own 'show & tell' and we will give you a full tour of the platform.

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Inspiration

Voice for the young
14 Dec 2017 - FreeTimePays

Great inspiration shown by young people in Balsall Heath!

Wonderful & inspirational few hours last night in the company of Balsall Heath residents, guests, Lord Mayor and dynamic & inspired young people - well done Balsall Heath Forum for putting on a great show. 

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Gallery

Photography
13 Dec 2017 - FreeTimePays

The winter that was in Birmingham! Superb gallery of photography (Dec 17)

Take the article below and enjoy a selection of some wonderful photography captured by followers of Birmingham We Are. Opportunities like this don't come around that often so we have created a digital gallery of some beautiful photographs for your enjoyment. We'll keep the project and gallery open just in case we get some more of the same!

By the canal in Birmingham on Saturday night were early signs of what was to come. Photo: Damien Wamsley (09/12/17)

 

Sunday was a great day for huskies in Birmingham. Here's 'Polo'! Photo: Debbie Power (10/12/17)

 

Canal at Brindley Place looking beautiful! Photo: Daniel Sturley (10/12/17)

 

For some, it was the City they headed for! Photo: Chris Fletcher (10/12/17)

 

For others, it was a winter's wonderland in the Park! Photo: Tim Cornbill (10/12/17)

 

Some were catching a cold like Birmingham's Floozie! Photo: Tammie Naughton (10/12/17)

 

A few just knew what the canal would offer. Photo: Hanny Foxhall (10/12/17)

 

A Birmingham winter wonderland by the canal - It just had to be worth another entry! Photo: Hanny Foxhall (10/12/17)

 

It was picture postcard time in Northfield! Photo: Richard Franks (10/12/12)

 

With blue skies, it was magical in St. Paul's Square, Birmingham. Photo: Elliott Brown (11/12/17)

 

And not one to be outdone, here's St. Philip's Cathedral. Photo: Simon Thomas (11/12/17)

 

A beautiful reflection in a ball on the festive tree in Brindleyplace. Photo: Daniel Sturley (10/12/17)

 

The canal, snow and monochrome photography - beautiful! Photo: Mac McCreery (10/12/17)

 

Picture perfect along the canals in Birmingham. Photo: Chris Fletcher (10/12/17)

 

And for the final word - our Birmingham Bull Ring bull wisely with his coat on! Photo: Tammie Naughton (10/12/17)  

 

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Construction & regeneration
12 Dec 2017 - Daniel

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

More progress at Paradise Birmingham with One Chamberlain Square having many more windows installed, some of the vertical struts between them ready for the final cladding on the back and demolittion of the old Conservatoire continuing. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News & Updates

Civic pride
10 Dec 2017 - FreeTimePays

The week that was Birmingham Gems!

Great launch of the Birmingham Gems project showcasing the 2018 charity calendar, wonderful photography and details about the National Heritage and Lottery funded renovation project at The Roundhouse.  Guests included the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council's Corporate Director for Place, Jacqui Kennedy. View the photos taken at a highly successful community event.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
10 Dec 2017 - Daniel

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The core for Bank Tower Two is up to the 11th floor and the main structure is chasing behind, moving really quickly this construction, it will soon be on the skyline. Click 'View Article' to see some more photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photography
10 Dec 2017 - Daniel

Snow in Brindleyplace

There are magical scenes around Brindleyplace today in the snow. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
05 Dec 2017 - Daniel

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

One Chamberlain Square, the new headquarters for PwC Midlands, is very close to being structurally complete with lots of windows installed. Click 'View Article' to see some more photos, look out for the one of the test rig for the final window style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Art, culture & creativity
03 Dec 2017 - Daniel

The Botanical Gardens Festive Light Trail

It's so worth checking out the festive light trail at the Botanical Gardens! Take a walk around the magical light displays, grab some grub at one of the food stalls, there's a funfair too! Click 'View Article' to see some more photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Activity for you

Fundraising & charity
03 Dec 2017 - Corinne Brazier

West Midlands Police Lock-up Open Day

Between 10am and 5:30pm we are offering 1.5 hour timeslots to come and look round the lock-up and see some of our museum items and photographs. Between 6:30pm and 8:30pm we will be hosting an evening tour with some mini talks on Victorian Policing.
09 Dec 2017 to 09 Dec 2017
Between 10am and 8:30pm
Lock-up, Steelhouse Lane

Come and see the Grade 2 listed Victorian Lock-up building and support the West Midlands Police Heritage Project which is aiming to turn this building into the permanent home for our heritage collection.

Search 'Lock-up' on Eventbrite for tickets for the evening tour

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News & Updates

Voice for the young
03 Dec 2017 - FreeTimePays

Aftab Chughtai to attend Dynamic Youth Awards in Balsall Heath, Birmingham

Chair of the West Midlands Police Independent Advisory Board, Mr Aftab Chughtai MBE, will be attending the Balsall Heath Dynamic Youth Awards  on13th December 6pm at the Balsall Heath Church Centre.

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News & Updates

Voice for the young
01 Dec 2017 - FreeTimePays

Dynamic Youth Awards attracting some considerable attention

Waseem Zaffar will be attending Balsall Heath Forum's ' Dynamic Youth Awards' on 13th December 6pm at Balsall Heath Church Centre 

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News & Updates

Civic pride
28 Nov 2017 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham Gems calendar for 2018 - it's arrived!

The much aniticipated arrival of the Birmingham Gems calendar for 2018 has come!  3,000 calendars have been produced with the help of generous sponsors and you will be able to obtain your own copy from a large number of distribution points across the City. Details of stockists to be produced soon. Take the article below to view the calendar, our great photos of Birmingham and our fascinating facts included by the Birmingham Museums Trust.

 

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Inspiration

Photography
25 Nov 2017 - Daniel

Creative Selfies

One of our contributors, Daniel, is always on the lookout for interesting reflections, but rarely will he appear in a photo himself. This proved irresistible though, taken of a ball on the festive tree in Central Square at Brindleyplace.

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Construction & regeneration
20 Nov 2017 - Daniel

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

One Chamberlain Square is almost structurally complete with many more windows being installed as the last floor is added. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
18 Nov 2017 - Daniel

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The slip-core of Bank Tower Two is rising fast and the main structure at ground level well on the way. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
16 Nov 2017 - Daniel

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

The walkway through to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on to Victoria Square is now open! One Chamberlain Square is now visable in much better context. More windows have been installed, they will eventually have light coloured vertical dividers between them so the building won't look so dark. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rivers, lakes & canals
15 Nov 2017 - FreeTimePays

Early evening sunset at Gas Street Basin in Birmingham

A stunning photograph taken at Gas Street Basin during an early evening sunset in Birmingham. Photo by Chris Fletcher.

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News & Updates

Construction & regeneration
11 Nov 2017 - Daniel

Centenary Way is Open

Centenary Way has opened connecting the west side with the the civic centre, now you can walk from Centenary Square through to the Museum and Art Gallery past One Chamberlain Square onto the Victoria Sqaure.

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Construction & regeneration
11 Nov 2017 - Daniel

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

With Bank Tower One now structurally complete the focus shifts to Tower Two with the core rising fast and the lower floors already under construction. Click 'View Article' to see some more photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
06 Nov 2017 - Daniel

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

Huge progress at One Chamberlain Square with the set-back floors well on the way, windows and cladding starting to surround the lower floors and the soon to be opened walkway to the Museum and Art Gallery through to Victoria Square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photography
04 Nov 2017 - Daniel

The Edgbaston Fireworks Display

There was a huge fireworks display at Edgbaston tonight, Daniel Sturley took this photo, on a tripod with a 15 second exposure, capturing amazing colours with the Cube and the Hyatt Regency Hotel for scale. Click 'View Article to see a zoom in of the display.

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Construction & regeneration
04 Nov 2017 - Daniel

Bank Tower Two Crane Installation

The rest of the crane for the construction of Bank Tower Two on Broad Street is being installed this weekend. Click 'View Article' to see more photos from today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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