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William Bloye – Birmingham and Black Country Lives

For Brummies and visitors, this group of Boulton, Watt and Murdoch has become the city’s iconic sculpture.   And for decades the “Golden Boys” were the backdrop to thousands of wedding photographs of couples whose married lives began in the adjacent Registry Office.

But William Bloye, its Birmingham-born creator, has been largely forgotten.

Learn more about the man whose work appears throughout the city and the University of Birmingham.



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William Bloye – Birmingham and Black Country Lives