Joseph Chamberlain - Personal, Political, and Colonial

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An evening of talks exploring the life and impact of Joseph Chamberlain on the city of Birmingham, the Jewellery Quarter, and beyond. Taking place at the Rose Villa Tavern on Thursday 27th June from 6pm till 9pm.

Our main speaker for the evening is Peter Marsh, Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham and author of Joseph Chamberlain, Entrepreneur in Politics. Peter will provide an overview of Joseph Chamberlain's life, views, work, and legacy.

The second half of the event will also feature guest contributions through short talks that will each explore aspects of Joseph Chamberlain's impact; from his family life at Highbury Hall, to the down-to-earth reality of the municipal reforms of the period at the Roundhouse; and finally, his impact on the international stage via the British Empire.

Running Order
1) Intro to the evening and Chamberlain's connections to the Jewellery Quarter
2) Biography of Joseph Chamberlain
20 Minute break
3) Roundhouse and the municipal city
4) Chamberlain at home and with family
5) Contemporary reflections on colonialist Chamberlain
6) Questions

Our venue for the evening overlooks the Chamberlain Clock, which will soon undergo restoration works. There will be a short update about this project, and the work at the Roundhouse, during the event.

The event will begin at 18:00 with a short introduction; with a scheduled break at around 19:00.

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Event presented in partnership by:

Roundhouse Birmingham, Jewellery Quarter Townscape Heritage, Jewellwey Quarter Festival, with support from Arts & Science Festival.