Supporting communities to crowdfund for projects which matter to their neighbourhood.
Neville Chamberlain is the only person from Birmingham to have become Prime Minister. However his policy of appeasement in the run up to the Second World War means his legacy in the city has been overlooked. As a result he has largely been airbrushed from Birmingham’s history. In contrast his father Joseph is honoured across the city, for example in Chamberlain Square and at Birmingham University. This proposal will honour Neville Chamberlain’s legacy in the city. It will fund two plaques - one updating the existing Blue Plaque at Edgbaston High School for Girls so it includes his time as a councillor and Lord Mayor. The other is for a new plaque at the Council House stating he was the founder of the Birmingham Municipal Bank and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as well as being a champion of social housing and a committed conservationist. This proposal has the support of Birmingham Civic Society, the Chamberlain Highbury Trust and the Leader of Birmingham City Council.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Over 80 years after Neville Chamberlain’s death the two new plaques will at last properly honour his contribution to the City of Birmingham. The existing Blue Plaque on Edgbaston High School for Girls will be updated to include his time as a councillor and Lord Mayor. A picture of the new plaque is shown in the gallery. The second plaque will be put up at the Council House. The wording for the new plaque has been agreed with the Chair of the Chamberlain Highbury Trust and the Leader of Birmingham City Council. It will be NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN (1869-1940) Councillor and Lord Mayor of Birmingham, MP and Prime Minister Founder of Birmingham Municipal Bank and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, champion of social housing and committed conservationist.
Steps to get it done:
This project will fill a major gap in the history of Birmingham by honouring Neville Chamberlain’s contribution to the city. Birmingham Civic Society and the Chamberlain Highbury Trust are the key partners in delivering this project. To produce and put up both plaques has been costed at £2000. The plaques have the support of David Kidney, the Chair of the trustees of the Chamberlain Highbury Trust and councillor John Cotton, the leader of Birmingham City Council.
About the space
Birmingham City Council