Midland Actors Theatre
Actors to take on roles of people from the station’s past
NEW STREET STATION CONCOURSE
7-9 NOVEMBER 2014 (10am – 3pm DAILY)
A unique exhibition will be held at New Street Station, from 7-9 November. It will include a ‘multimedia experience,’ which will make visitors feel they are travelling back in time, to the station’s beginnings in 1854! There will also be a ‘Guided Tour’ of the station, where visitors will encounter characters from the station’s past (played by student actors) – including an Italian ice cream seller … a star of the Victorian stage … a soldier from World War I … a fireman from WWII … and more.
The exhibition has been devised by young people from Birmingham schools and colleges, who have been working with MAT to research aspects of the station’s past. Project leader David Allen observed: ‘This seems like the perfect time to look back at the station’s history, now that it is being redeveloped.’
The exhibition is free; and will be located on the station concourse, next to the Left Luggage Office. Visitors will be able to come along on the day, to book a time-slot for the ‘Guided Tour’ (which lasts 30 minutes).
Steve Lewis, Birmingham New Street Station Manager for Network Rail, said: ‘The station has a fascinating history; and the new station we are building will have a big impact on the city, and act as a catalyst for regeneration.’ The event has been funded by a £21,800 grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, through the Young Roots programme. Reyahn King, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said: ‘This is an imaginative way of showing how New Street Station has reflected many aspects of Birmingham’s history over a century and a half. I am delighted that so many people will have a chance to see the work and research of the young people involved in this project.’