Rise, Like Lions (Autumn 2017)

We are planning a 20-month project that will revitalise and expand awareness of Banner Theatre’s Archive, housed at the Library of Birmingham. The Archive is a unique 40-year oral, photographic and video record into the lives of working people in Birmingham and the West Midlands. In partnership with the Library of Birmingham, Newman University, and the GFTU and GMB unions, the project focuses on events between 1974-1988, and aims to present the verbatim stories of many culturally diverse working class communities in Birmingham.


Working collaboratively with volunteers and respected historians, we will provide training and conduct new interviews with original contributors, and re-interpret the Collection to underline its contemporary relevance.

(Project subject to successful Heritage Lottery application).