The history of the Great Hall

Remember sitting your exams or graduating in the Great Hall? The centrepiece of the Edgbaston campus since Birmingham gained its royal charter in 1900, the Great Hall has been a celebrated host to a wide variety of events. With the help of University historian Dr Matt Cole and Dr Helen Fisher, University Archivist at the Cadbury Research Library, we take a look back at the storied history of the building.

Audio described version

In the recent public health crisis, the Hall has become a COVID-19 test centre for students and staff. Here's a time-lapse of the centre being put together:

Below, current student Harvey demonstrates how the lateral flow tests work:


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Image acknowledgements: All Great Hall pictures: Cadbury Research Library (UA_10_116)