BIAD Margaret Street Restoration Collection

Scope and Content

The collection consists of three spiral-bound volumes of reports by officers from Birmingham City Council Architects' Department on the state of the Birmingham School of Art building in Margaret Street in 1984-85; and 21 sets of colour photographs taken by the builders Kyle Stewart Ltd during the restoration of the School of Art in 1994-95, each set being taken on a different date.

Administrative / Biographical History

The architects' reports were commissioned by Birmingham City Council Architects' Department in 1984-5, at which time the former Birmingham Polytechnic was under local authority council. These are therefore retained institutional records. The colour photographs were taken by the builders Kyle Stewart Ltd during the course of their restoration of the Margaret Street building in the mid-1990s, and were passed to the Keeper of Archives sometime between 2000 and 2007.


The collection is divided into two series consisting of colour photographs and architects’ reports respectively. These are arranged in order of acquisition by the Archives. Both series are arranged in chronological order.

Conditions Governing Access

Advance booking is required to view this collection. To make an appointment, please email us at or phone 0121-331-6981.


The colour photographs are the copyright of Kyle Stewart Ltd, and cannot be reproduced without their permission.