Birmingham Hippodrome has helped make and shape memorable theatre moments for generations of visitors.
Since our opening as the Tower of Varieties and Circus in 1899 we have had a fascinating history, with many changes to the building and the kind of events taking place here over the last 115 years. From crocodile wrestling to Lion King, there have been variety acts, circus and major touring musicals performed on our stage!
Through our Hippodrome Heritage project we are bringing our dynamic and diverse history to life. The Heritage Lottery Fund invested in this project in 2015-16 and enabled us to put in place a professional project manager and heritage collections specialist to train our current team of volunteers who continue to look after and research our 117 year history.
The Hippodrome Heritage volunteers are:
- Salvaging lost theatre memorabilia before it’s too late
- Capturing memories through Oral History interviews
- Preserving our collection for generations to come
- Digitising our archive for the widest possible access
- Researching the stories of our past
We now have a Heritage website, complete with a full history of our stage and it’s listings which can be visited here: birminghamhippodromeheritage.com. There are also two interactive digital touch tables in our foyers for visitors to the theatre to see some of our digitized archive collection and have a go at our Hippodrome Heritage quiz. Our Creative Learning team are using the resources for a Schools programme.
If you are interested in having one of our archive volunteers for a History of the Hippodrome talk please contact email@example.com for more information.
Making a donation to our archive collection
Do you have Birmingham Hippodrome memorabilia?
We are still collecting items which help tell the story of Birmingham Hippodrome and need your help!
You can download our Heritage Collection Donation Policy here. This outlines our policy for donations of materials and what we are able accept. If you have any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Hippodrome Heritage is supported by:
The Marc Fitch Fund – The Oakley Charitable Trust – The Aurelius Charitable Trust – The Alan Woodfield Charitable Trust.
We still welcome donations for our ongoing collecting, research and preservation of our collection through our dedicated Heritage Volunteers. Contact Fundraising Manager Rachael Griffin to find out how you can help email@example.com or call 0121 689 3067.