Update from Midlands branch of GGAA

Forthcoming Events 2017

Wednesday 14 June 2017, 7pm: A joint meeting of the Midlands Branch and Aston University Graduates Association will take place in G8 at Aston University. Jerry Berwyn Jones, auctioneer from Bonhams will preside over a Mock Auction competition. Prizes will be award for those guessing the value of a range of objects most accurately. The auction will be followed by light refreshments.

Saturday 29 July 2017, 7pm: members and friends of the Midlands Branch and Aston Grads. are invited to join a traditional Petanque Match against Hints Village team. Hints Village is near Tamworth. Post Code B78 3DN. The match will be followd by a buffet supper.

There is no charge for either of the above events, but for catering purposes it would be helpful to inform Brian McDonald or Jenny Martin if you can join us.

Recent Events

10 May 2017: we visited the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter at 75 Vyse Street for a guided group tour of the exhibits, followed by biscuits and tea on the premises.

16 February 2017: we held our annual lunch at the University College of Birmingham College of Food.

10 November 2016: At our AGM meeting in the Arts Block we were given talk on the Birmingham University School by its Principal Mike Roden.

20 October 2016: We visited the recently refurbished Lapworth Museum of Geology in the Aston Webb University building for a guided tour by the curator, Jonathan Clatworthy.

22 September 2016: We went to Stratford-upon-Avon to the see the quaint MAD museum, organised by the Aston Grads.

29 June 2016: For our summer meeting we invited the Aston Grads to join us for a guided tour and visit to the University’s Winterbourne gardens, including a splendid buffet lunch, and a chance to see the house, museum and coffee shop.

17 March 2016: The Branch joined with the Aston Grads for a guided tour of Lichfield Cathedral and its museum, followed by a lunch nearby.

25 February 2016: We had a very entertaining musical performance by the University Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

5 February 2016: We celebrated the Chinese New Year with a dinner at the Ruby Restaurant in Edgbaston.

26 January 2016: The Group held a lunch meeting at the UCB College of Food in central Birmingham.

2 December 2015: At our AGM meeting in the Arts Block, Jonathon Clatworthy, the curator, gave us a fascinating presentation on the University’s Lapworth Museum of Geology.

12 June 2015: The Midland Branch joined with the Aston Grads to hear Brian Davies talk about the project to raise the Mary Rose, followed by an excellent buffet supper.

13 May 2015: Professor Steve Busby FRS, Head of the School of Biosciences, gave us a talk entitled ‘The wonderful world of bacteria’. His talk covered the background story of the life and reproduction of bacteria, including mutations, which in turn lead to the serious problem of antibiotic resistance.

16 April 2015: Dr John Carmen, Senior Lecturer in Heritage Valuation, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage spoke on the topic: ‘Bloody Meadows: the significance of Battlefield Archeology in the study of conflict.’