Visitors to the Barber Institute of Fine Arts were able to view Claude Monet’s famous Water Lily Pond of 1898. The Impressionist landscape was on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago.
Putting down roots
A major experiment into the effects of climate change officially began at the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) in Staffordshire in June. The Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) research facility, made possible by a £15 million gift from the JABBS Foundation, will assess the impact of rising carbon dioxide levels (CO2) on forest ecosystems.
Night at the Proms
Students raised the roof at the Royal Albert Hall when the University of Birmingham Voices ensemble sang at the BBC Proms. As part of the BBC Proms Youth Choir, singers performed John Adams’s Harmonium alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra on the opening night of the world’s largest music festival.
Birmingham residents had the chance to get hands-on with the University’s research discoveries at the Community Festival. Guests had more than 100 events and activities to choose from, ranging from travelling the globe in a day to blasting off into outer space.
The University’s most recent Nobel Laureates were given a warm welcome when they were awarded honorary degrees during the summer degree congregations. Professor David Thouless and Professor Mike Kosterlitz received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2016 for their work over more than four decades into the discoveries of the properties of matter, including during their time at Birmingham in the 1970s.
The hunt was on for three bear sculptures hidden on campus as part of The Big Sleuth, a free public art event taking place across Birmingham and the West Midlands. The three bears were part of a trail inspiring residents and tourists to uncover cultural gems and areas of the city they may not have explored before.