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Chamberlain family



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I am not sure where this is or was located.
How many members know that the Birmingham University Clock is oficially known as The Josehp Chamberlain Clock, and is known locally as OLD JOE.
A large number of us have seen this clock but how many know it is 110 metres tall. (361 feet) and each face is a whopping 17.2 feet across.
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Gone but not forgotten R.I.P.
This looks ok as well, another open day at Highbury Hall.....


Sunday 12 June 2011
Summer Garden Open Day

Free Admission
Doors open at 10.30am
Doors Close at 3.30pm

Visit Highbury in the height of summer and see for yourself the beauty of this Victorian house. The historic rooms and grounds will be available for your pleasure throughout the day, with guided tours available at set times for only £3.50 per person.

There will be entertainment and fun for all the family so don’t forget to bring some pocket money! Pimms and light refreshments will be on sale during the day along with a barbeque in the gardens (weather permitting) and you can even finish off with strawberries & cream!


ell brown on Flickr
News about Highbury Hall

Moseley historic hall has future as a college

BIRMINGHAM’S Highbury Hall – former home of the city’s founding father Joseph Chamberlain – could become a college.
Birmingham Conservation Trust is to report on possible uses of the council-owned Victorian manor house and gardens in Moseley, which is currently used as a wedding reception and conference venue
The family of Mr Chamberlain, the mayor of Birmingham in the 1870s, gifted the building and grounds to the people of Birmingham.

But there has been criticism that the manor has been neglected and mismanaged by the council.
Ahead of a report due out next month, Conservation Trust director Elizabeth Perkins said the architects had found the building in pretty good condition, with work needed on the roof and windows.
But she said the energy and water services needed an overhaul.
“We want to look at greener energy supplies, which could make a huge difference to the running costs,” she said.
“One of the options we are looking at is a residential learning college, which would fit in with its current use as a wedding reception and conference venue.
“There is real potential for Highbury Hall to engage with the local community.”
Ms Perkins said that, with public funding limited, the works and developments could be phased in over a long period, perhaps ten years. Mary De Vere Taylor, the great granddaughter of Joseph Chamberlain, has backed plans to improve usage of the building.
She said: “We are now working with the council to ensure there is no repeat of the earlier neglect of Highbury.
“Highbury could easily be transformed into a much-needed social enterprise to empower, educate and employ or train people.”
There are also proposals for a museum to be included, to celebrate the political family who built it.



That's interesting ell brown the home of such an important man in Birmingham's history should be preserved at all costs!


ell brown on Flickr
Good to know there is descendants of the Chamberlain's.

Would prefer if it was like a museum (like a stately home) where visitors could go in the house with period rooms.

paul stacey

master brummie
great political family and phillanthropists, did great works and good deeds in Birmingham, sadly only Neville is remembered as a rather weak and insipied politian, where as he like a lot of his generation were devistated by the great loss's in the great war and wanted to avert another European war at any cost, I think he may have served as a soldier in WW1.


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You may be right about Neville's feelings, but i don't think he served in WW1. He was Birmingham lord Mayor for at least part of the war, and , at 45 when the war started, would probably have been a bit old to take part .