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7th June 2022

From City of Empire To City Of Diversity: A Visual Journey in Smethwick

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This is a condensed version of the main exhibition, From City of Empire to City of Diversity

Opening Times

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 9am – 1pm; 2pm – 6pm
Thu: 9am – 1pm
Sat: 10am – 4pm
Sun: Closed

This is a free exhibition, no booking required. 


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 city’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.

In the year that sees the city host the Commonwealth Games, 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.