From City of Empire to City of Diversity: A Visual Journey
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From City of Empire to City of Diversity: A Visual Journey is located in the gallery on level 3 at the Library of Birmingham. The exhibition is free and no booking is required.

Exhibition opening hours 
Mon & Tues 11am – 7pm
Weds – Sat 11am – 5pm

Library Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri: 9am – 9pm
Sat: 11am – 5pm
Sun: closed

Join us as we take you on a visual journey, exploring how Birmingham changed from being a City of Empire in 1889 to the City of Diversity it is today.

Our city’s changing population is shown through images from the Library of Birmingham’s important collections, including captivating portraits of people photographed by the Dyche studios over several decades.

The exhibition includes personal stories of migration and settlement by those who came to Birmingham and put down roots in our city.

In the year that sees our city host the Commonwealth Games, From City of Empire to City of Diversity explores how Birmingham’s connections to the British Empire have shaped it’s past, present and future.

The exhibition closes Saturday 18 June 2022.