Birmingham Retrospective Walking Tour



June 21 2014 • 1.00pm
June 28 2014 • 3.00pm


The Great Western Arcade, Birmingham

This event is now fully booked, please view the full programme of exciting events you can take part in.

A walking tour of Birmingham’s lost buildings, by architect Tim Cornbill, will be held as part of this year’s Love Architecture Festival. The festival runs from 20 - 29 June and is organised by the Birmingham Architectural Association in collaboration with the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). The tour is back by popular demand, following the success of similar tours last year.

The tour is based on a photographic project, which compares the historical architecture of Birmingham with its modern day locations. This architectural ‘Dear Photograph’ offers a glimpse into the buildings that once stood in the city centre. It is an insight into how the urban fabric of Birmingham has changed during the 20th century, and documents the city’s lost buildings, which were demolished and replaced in the name of progress. After all, the motto of Birmingham is of course, 'forward'. To this end, this series of photographs serve as a snapshot of a proud architectural heritage, which continues to progress with contemporary replacements and counterparts.

View a selection of photos from the series

The tours are completely free and will take place on Saturday 21st June and Saturday 28th June, commencing at The Great Western Arcade. They will last no longer than two hours, finishing around Paradise Circus. The lost buildings covered will range from the 1880s all the way to the 1970s. Following the tour members of the group are welcome to join us for a few drinks in a nearby bar.

Register to book (places are limited to 25 people)

You can also download the Walking Architecture BAApp to find the locations of many of the buildings featured in Birmingham Retrospective. This event is part of Love Architecture Festival taking place in the RIBA West Midlands region throughout June 2014, view the full programme of exciting events

About the photographer:

Tim Cornbill is an architect, and works at a local practice, Associated Architects, based in The Mailbox. Tim is fascinated by Birmingham and it will always be a city that is close to his heart, even if its desire to progress is often, sadly, at the expense of interesting pieces of architecture.


Thank you to all the photographers who have kindly agreed to the use of their historical images for Birmingham Retrospective. Without their support this project would not have been possible.