Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery are seeking the memories of Birmingham residents for a new section opening next year.

The new £9m Birmingham History Galleries will open in September 2012 and displays will tell the story of Birmingham and its people.

The ‘Your Birmingham’ gallery will explore the histories and stories of a wide range of local people through objects, text, photographs, audio and film.

Staff are seeking memories of key moments in the city’s rich history, including pre-1945 memories of working at the Austin Motor Works in Longbridge, working at Cadbury and moving to the new estate of Weoley Castle.

The full list of stories being gathered:

Suburban Birmingham in the first half of the twentieth century

  • Working at Austin Motor Works, Longbridge
  • Working at Cadbury’s
  • Working at Chad Valley, Harborne
  • Moving to Kingstanding or Weoley Castle estates

1945 onwards

  • 40s – 90s Lewis’s Store: shoppers/employees
  • 50s The Duddeston Four or Prefabs: first residents
  • 60s Birmingham Nightclubs in the 1950s/60s: People who owned/went out to Birmingham nightclubs
  • 1964 The Bull Ring: shoppers/shopkeepers
  • 2000 – 2003 Bullring: shoppers/shopkeepers
  • HP Factory: Workers/HP Sauce enthusiasts
  • Duran Duran fans
  • 1947 Winter: Birmingham people who experienced the winter in Birmingham
  • 1953 End of the Trams: Birmingham people who remember travelling on the last trams in the city
  • 1968 Rivers of Blood Speech: people present at speech or affected in aftermath
  • 1977 Silver Jubilee: Birmingham people who celebrated in Birmingham
  • 1986 / 1987 / 1988 / 1989 Super Prix: Birmingham spectators/participants

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