Evening Walking Tour - Birmingham's Civic Gospel
Enjoy a specially commissioned walking tour from cathedral, led by Ben Waddington looking at the role of the Civic Gospel in Birmingham.
‘Civic Gospel’ was an ideology appearing in Victorian Birmingham, originating with the Non-conformist
preacher and municipal activist George Dawson. Dawson described the town as ‘a solemn
organism through which shall flow, and in which shall be shaped, all the highest, loftiest and truest
ends of man's moral nature’. To this end, Birmingham was transformed from a lowly industrial town
to one with a progressive, enlightened and efficient local government.
On this 90 minute walking tour of the city, Ben Waddington visits elements of Civic Gospel’s past
and looks at how citizenship can be interpreted in regard to local government, architecture, and
particularly the use of Civic spaces. Can Civic Gospel still be felt today? The walk will cover around
two miles and suitable footwear is advised.
Time 6:30 p.m.
Venue Starts at Birmingham Cathedral