International Archives Day

Tuesday, 9th of June is International Archives Day. To coincide with the creation of the International Council on Archives on 9th June 1948, it was agreed in 2007 to make 9th June a day to celebrate archives and to raise awareness of their importance not just as bits of old paper, but as the records of our identity. Uniting across the world to promote collections, this year the ICA have asked archive services across the globe to send them images that reflect their locality. The fruits of the project will be available online so why not have a look at their website, which will be launched on Tuesday, 9th June.

Although we haven’t submitted any photographs (oops, we missed the deadline) we thought we would just show you a few images that we think are fascinating.

The following images show the changing face of the top of Broad Street. Note the third image which shows the colonnade and buildings in the background which now form the site of the ICC and Symphony Hall.

Hall of Memory 41 Broad Street Corner and Hall of Memory 1929

Broad Street Corner and Hall of Memory, 1929. [Hall of Memory 41]

WK_B11_170 Hall of Memory viewed from Broad Street, Birmingham 1931

Hall of Memory viewed from Broad Street, Birmingham, 1931. [Hall of Memory 4]

wk_b11_169 Hall fo Memory 3 Hall of Memory view from Easy Row Birmingham 1931

Hall of Memory view from Easy Row, Birmingham, 1931. [Hall of Memory 3]

This image shows the view right across the Hall of Memory to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The development of the old Central Library site plans to reopen this space up once again.

Hall of Memory 62 Birmingam Baskerville House and Hall of Memory nd

Baskerville House and Hall of Memory. [Hall of Memory 62]

Last but not least, two generations of Birmingham Libraries. The old library is on the left, and the soon to  be opened Central Library peers out from behind.

Birmingham Central Library Old and New No. 26 Demolition of the Old Central Library 1972

Demolition of the Old Central Library, 1972. [Birmingham Central Library Old & New No. 26]

If you would like to find out more about the development of the City Centre, we would recommend Developing Birmingham 1889 – 1989 which is available on floor 4 at 87Bcol. It contains not only an interesting history but interesting images of Birmingham over the years. The Urban Buildings blog is another good source for some fascinating images; of particular interest is a time-lapse video of the changing face of Chamberlain Square and an article on the Library of Birmingham. You can also find out more about the Library on the design and construction pages on our website.

Nicola Crews
Archivist

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