Open Days

The Chamberlain Highbury Trust are unfortunately closing our doors to the public for now. We are very mindful of the protection and wellbeing of our community and our volunteers and have therefore, in light of Government Guidance around the social interaction and spread of Corvid19, postponed public events.
We will still be sharing plans with the public via social media, website and newsletter and hope to share more of our research and development work too.

Thank you for your continued support at this difficult time.

Highbury is Open on the following dates 10am – 3pm, current dates are all Mondays. No need to book, just turn up and join in. All welcome.

There will be tours of the house (and grounds from April) running at least once per hour.

March 9th

Mr Chamberlain’s Orchids – Exhibition: The students have made orchid holders all based on aspects of Joseph Chamberlain’s life and carer. Come and see them displayed at Highbury before they head to a promenade exhibition at University of Birmingham.

Led by Art Foundation Students of Dudley College

23rd March

Cameras Made in Birmingham:  Birmingham was an important centre of camera

and photographic equipment manufacturing. Come and see products made here since 1860, for yourself.

Led by James Furnival

6th April

Easter Nature Hunt: Exploring the natural elements both inside and outside at Highbury, linking the park to

the house. Storytelling and wishing trees with magical creatures complete the magic.

Led by The CHT Youth Board

20th April  

Mr Chamberlain’s Orchids – Making: Create clay orchid pots with the students of Dudley College who will take them to fire and glaze.

Led by Art Foundation Students of Dudley College

Birmingham Community Matters Surgery: Drop in to our free surgery for an informal chat with someone who has experience of running community and voluntary groups or organisations. 11am – 12.30pm

Led by Birmingham Community Matters

4th May

Chamberlain’s Images of Islam: Explore Chamberlain’s collection of paintings claiming to depict Muslim life in nineteenth-century Egypt. 11.30am & 1.30pm

Led by Dr Kate Nichols

18th May  

Behind the Scenes: the Chamberlains’ household and garden staff. The running of a large house and extensive grounds required many servants, both indoors and outdoors. This session will look at how many were employed, the tasks they performed and how they were managed. 11.30am & 1.30pm

 Led By Dr Phillada Ballard (Trustee)

1st June

Patchwork Politics: Creating a community patchwork art piece, using Joseph Chamberlain’s associations, ambition, attitude and accolades as inspiration. Learning sewing techniques along the way.

Led by Margaret Murray from Artivist

15th June

Maps of Moseley and Kings Heath: Kings Heath and Moseley has developed since Joseph Chamberlain chose the area to live here. Looking at the waves of growth and development in housing and population.

Led by Lucy Bailey-Wright