New Exhibition Of Birmingham’s Favourite Historic Photographs

08 September 2023

A new exhibition, showcasing over 40 extraordinary historic Birmingham photographs is open from Monday 4th September until Friday 6th October in Snow Hill Square. Chosen from the archives of photography shared through the iconic Brumpic social media accounts, the exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the changing social and cultural face of the great city of Birmingham.

Brumpic was started by Dave Oram in 2013 and has grown to be one of the most well-loved social media accounts in the city. For over a decade, Brumpic has shared photos from the past – giving a glimpse into a collective social history – and promoted what’s new and great in local arts, photography, and culture.

Dave sadly passed away in 2022. He has left a lasting legacy – collating and sharing photography capturing Birmingham’s history and celebrating the new developments and cultural assets.   

To honour this legacy, Colmore Business Improvement District (BID)’s Outstanding Places Working Group has worked with local photographers, cultural organisations,  Brumpic, and I Choose Birmingham to curate the exhibition of images from those collected by Dave over the years, which will be displayed this September in Snow Hill Square.

Over the month, visitors to the business district can enjoy a selection of photography showcasing the city and its people through the ages. In addition to the exhibition in Snow Hill Square, visitors to the District can follow a curated trail over the next month, helping them to discover a selection of art from Birmingham-based artists showcasing the city and its people.

Mike Mounfield, Project Manager at Colmore BID, commented: “With the agreement of Dave’s family, we felt it appropriate to stage an outdoor photography exhibition this year in memory of Dave’s life and the social media phenomenon that is Brumpic.

“We would like to thank our delivery partners, Birmingham Museums Trust and Standard8, and Brumpic custodian Caroline Durbin, for their help in putting on this exhibition. It is bound to be a heart-warming moment of reflection and celebration, as we remember a remarkable person.”

The curatorial committee, who were all connected to Dave in one way or another, worked tirelessly to finalise the list of photos that are set to be on display. The exhibition will feature photography under several themes, including Street Scenes, People Through the Ages, Moments in History, and Dave’s Faves.

Previous exhibitions organised by Colmore BID and Brumpic included the highly successful #NicklinUnseen outdoor photography exhibition, which took place in 2015 and featured the work of a near-forgotten Birmingham-based street photographer of the 1950s and 1960s, Phyllis Nicklin.

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