We Built This City exhibition to explore contribution of Birmingham’s Irish community

on March 16, 2017

A new exhibition will explore the impact of the Irish community in the city.

Project co-ordinator Yvonne Price at the launch of We Built This City

Project co-ordinator Yvonne Price at the launch of We Built This City

We Built This City launched at Birmingham Museum on 13th March.

Put together by the Birmingham Irish Association (BIA), the exhibition records the role the community had in building some of the city’s most iconic landmarks after the war.

The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery, took over 12 months to put together.

Yvonne Price, project co-ordinator at BIA said: “This isn’t a history project – it’s a collection of the thoughts and memories of the people that come from Ireland and built Birmingham.

“We collected 35 oral histories of Irish men, women and families that came over from Ireland and built the buildings you see today such as New street Station, the NIA and the Rotunda.

“This has never been recorded before. This will not go into the archives for future generations.”

We Built This City will be on display until 28th May.

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