History Painted on the Walls - Birmingham Ghost Signs
Historical Talk Series. Tracey Thorne - History Painted on the Walls - Birmingham Ghost Signs
Remnants of old hand-painted wall signs known as 'ghost signs' can be found across Birmingham, with the earliest dating back to the 19th Century. These ghost signs span across two centuries providing a visual census of local businesses operating in these buildings or products once sold. Through them we can unravel stories about Birmingham's past and they contribute to understand how Birmingham has changed over time.
Several years ago Tracey Throne began documented all of Birmingham's ghost signs and will be showing some examples on the night to illustrate how they connection to our cities history and what they tell us about life in Birmingham.
The talk will also provide any opportunity to explore some interesting questions that the research raises about how we protect our cities heritage, preservation of the ghost signs or if in fact we should simple let them disappear?