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The Birmingham & Midland Institute

exterior of the BMI building in Birmingham

The Birmingham & Midland Institute has been at the heart of Birmingham’s cultural life for over 150 years. It was originally founded by Act of Parliament in 1854 for the ‘Diffusion and Advancement of Science, Literature and Art amongst all Classes of Persons resident in Birmingham and Midland Counties’. Charles Dickens was one of its early Presidents. During the late nineteenth century, the BMI played a leading role in the introduction of scientific and technical education in Birmingham until the state gradually took over its functions. It was thus the forerunner of many educational bodies such as the Birmingham Conservatoire.


Located in a Grade II* listed building, the BMI has a thriving programme of cultural and educational activities, which includes a wide spectrum of arts and science lectures, exhibitions and concerts. The building is also a venue for many externally-organised events and can be booked for conferences and meetings. It is also home to the original Birmingham Library, founded in 1779 by John Lee, a local button manufacturer.

Detailed Information


The Birmingham and Midland Institute,
Margaret Street,
B3 3BS

Tel: 0121 236 3591

Contact Person: Dr. Connie Wan

BMI Website

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