Celebrating 175 years at the heart of Birmingham life 1843 – 2018

175 Brummies who Inspire

We've compiled a list of 175 inspirational people across arts, business, education, sports and science who either hail from Birmingham or made a significant contribution to the City. Vote for your favourite.

See the full list and vote

Our 175 year journey

From Birmingham Government School of Design formed in October 1843 to a £260m investment in state-of-the-art facilities, see how we've transformed into the modern university of today.

Highlights of our history

Release of 175 Great Brummies who Inspire list

Wednesday 12 September

BCU 175 - Launch event

Wednesday 12 September
School of Art, Margaret Street

Invitation only

Polly Apfelbaum in conversation

Thursday 20 September
IKON Gallery, Brindleyplace

Join New York based artist Polly Apfelbaum for a discussion with Nigerian-born fashion designer Duro Olowu about the themes running through her Ikon exhibition. Introduced by Yvonne Hindle, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Birmingham City University.

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Nick Stanley lecture on the past, present and future of art and visual communication

Thursday 27 September
School of Art

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Meet the Artists: MotherShip

Wednesday 10 October
IKON Gallery, Brindleyplace

Meet MotherShip Projects, a community arts organisation based in Ladywood, on board Slow Boat to hear about their work with refugee women and their families as presented in Ming de Nasty’s recent exhibition LADYWOOD.

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BCU 175 Allied Health Professionals Day

Monday 15 October
City South campus

Details to follow.

BCU 175 staff celebration event

Wednesday 17 October
Parkside Building

Details to follow.

Creative Teacher Retreat

Thursday 27 October
IKON Gallery, Brindleyplace

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Learning Social with Cathy Wade

Tuesdya 30 October
Medicine Bakery and Gallery 69 New Street

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Creative Teacher Retreat

Friday 2 November
Parkside Building

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BCU and ISBE Industry Day – Transforming Enterprise

Tuesday 6 November
The Curzon Building

NOW that’s what I call 175 concert

Thursday 15 November
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Saturday Art Club

Saturday 17 November
School of Art, Margaret Street

The Birmingham Awards sponsored by BCU

Saturday 24 November
Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham

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