Library of Birmingham, UK #BriFri
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After our big day at the Black Country living history museum, we needed gentler activities for Day 9 of our trip. The Library of Birmingham has a new building with interesting architecture, inside and out.
The library’s specially-designed room for its Shakespeare collection was built in 1882. Since then, the whole room has been moved twice. The collection outgrew the space long ago, but the beautiful woodwork is too beautiful to abandon, so the room has its own special space on the 9th floor of the new library.
The round building in this view is the Rotunda, where our hotel room was.
That evening, we went to a movie at The Electric Cinema, the UK’s oldest working cinema. We saw Pride, a good heart-warming story. I’m glad we saw it there because I’m not sure it’s going to be released widely over here.
I reviewed a book set in London – The Paper Magician
Thanks, Heather! I got the Mr. Linky up and running and added your book review.
I’m way behind with my reviews so haven’t posted my thoughts yet on Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. A wonderful book.
Did yiu know that the magnificent Birmingham library is being threatened by dedication of hours and even partial closure become of local authority cut backs.