The Project

Restoring Chamberlain’s Highbury: connecting Birmingham’s past with its future

This is a project about a house, a family and their home and how together they shaped today’s Birmingham and much of Britain’s modern history.

The house represents Joseph Chamberlain’s vision of a country estate within an urban environment, but also at the same time is symbolic of Birmingham’s history as a city of Empire, a city once praised as ‘the best governed city in the world,’ but what does this house and its history mean for today’s city of diversity? What does it mean for a city that has the youngest population in Europe?

To answer these questions we will secure the future of a unique house and grounds so as to provide a meeting place for intercultural conversations, debates, exhibitions and performance which will address how the past continues to shape the present, how the local is connected to the global and how today shapes tomorrow.


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