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Celebrating 175 years at the heart of Birmingham life 1843 – 2018

175 Brummies who Inspire

We've compiled a list of 175 inspirational people across arts, business, education, sports and science who either hail from Birmingham or made a significant contribution to the City. Vote for your favourite.

See the full list and vote

Our 175 year journey

From Birmingham Government School of Design formed in October 1843 to a £260m investment in state-of-the-art facilities, see how we've transformed into the modern university of today.

Highlights of our history

NOW that’s what I call 175 concert

Thursday 15 November
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

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The Birmingham Awards sponsored by BCU

Saturday 24 November
Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham

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Past events

Release of 175 Great Brummies who Inspire list

Wednesday 12 September

BCU 175 - Launch event

Wednesday 12 September

Polly Apfelbaum in conversation

Thursday 20 September

Nick Stanley lecture on the past, present and future of art and visual communication

Thursday 27 September

Meet the Artists: MotherShip

Wednesday 10 October

BCU 175 Allied Health Professionals Day

Monday 15 October

Creative Teacher Retreat

Thursday 27 October

Learning Social with Cathy Wade

Tuesday 30 October

Creative Teacher Retreat

Friday 2 November

BCU and ISBE Industry Day – Transforming Enterprise

Tuesday 6 November