From City of Empire To City Of Diversity: At the Birmingham Back to Backs

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The exhibition is free to enter and does not need to be booked, come in through the second-hand bookshop entrance on Hurst Street during opening hours. If you would like to visit the Birmingham Back to Backs, tickets must be booked online in advance from

Opening times:
Tues to Wed 1pm – 5pm
Thurs to Sun 10am – 5pm
The exhibition runs until Sun 5th March 2023

Join us as we take you on a visual journey, exploring how Birmingham changed from being a City of Empire in 1889 to the City of Diversity it is today.

The region’s changing population is shown through images from the Library of Birmingham’s important collections, including captivating portraits of people photographed by the Dyche studios over several decades.

The exhibition includes personal stories of migration and settlement by those who came to Birmingham and put down roots in the city.

From City of Empire to City of Diversity explores how Birmingham’s connections to the British Empire have shaped it’s past, present and future.

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