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2,241 Reasons To Remember: The Birmingham Blitz Commemoration

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Free Artistic Event Recreates Atmosphere Of War
On the 75th anniversary of the Birmingham Blitz, the heart of the city will be lit up with an evocative art commemoration to remember the 2,241 people who died.

Birmingham Blitz commemoration, Birmingham Hippodrome, 2,241 Reasons To Remember
An artistic way to commemorate the Birmingham Blitz


2,241 Reasons To Remember: The Birmingham Blitz has been created by Birmingham Hippodrome and award-winning arts organisation Metro-Boulot-Dodo. It takes place at the Bullring Outdoor Market from November 19 to 22.

It features dramatic lights and sound that recreate the atmosphere and horror of the Second World War to modern day audiences, young and old.

In November 1940, just five days after the devastating Coventry attack, Birmingham suffered four nights of consecutive heavy bombing, resulting in the huge death toll.

Birmingham Blitz commemoration, Birmingham Hippodrome, 2,241 Reasons To Remember
The morning after the Birmingham Blitz in World War 2. Photo credit Birmingham Archives & Heritage Service, Library of Birmingham


The opening night, November 19, marks the 75th anniversary of this tragic period in the city's history which will be commemorated through an evocative illuminated multimedia art installation.

At 6pm, the public will once again hear the haunting sounds of air raid sirens and the dreaded drone of German Bombers, accompanied by archival images and first-hand accounts of the Birmingham Blitz. It will lead up to the peal of bells from St. Martins Church at Bullring at around 6.50pm.

Over the weeks building up to the event schools, members of the public, theatre staff and local businesses have contributed to the installation by making lanterns that will carry the names of all 2,241 citizens who lost their lives.

Birmingham Blitz commemoration, Birmingham Hippodrome, 2,241 Reasons To Remember
Lives and buildings destroyed after the Birmingham Blitz. Photo credit Birmingham Archives & Heritage Service, Library of Birmingham


2,241 Reasons To Remember promises to be a dramatic re-telling of this important moment in the city's history, and one that should never be forgotten.

Archive images from the Library of Birmingham along with oral history from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery have been used.

2,241 Reasons to Remember: The Birmingham Blitz
November 19-22
The corner of Edgbaston Street and High Street opposite Bullring markets, Birmingham city centre.
Free event

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Why? Remember Birmingham's War Dead
When: November 19 - 22
Phone: 0844 338 5000
Where: St Martin's Church at the Bullring
Cost: Free
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