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The BBC, Boulton and Me - A talk by Kay Alexander MBE
Tue 4 April 2017, 17:30 – 20:00 BST
Kay Alexander MBE reflects on the highlights of a career at the heart of Birmingham's business and cultural communities, which culminated in her becoming chairman of Assay Office Birmingham. A passionate speaker, her talk will close with the opportunity to chat informally over a glass of wine, whilst viewing the unique Private Silver Collection at the Assay Ofice.
For Kay Alexander, working in BBC News was an exciting experience. Every day was different and it was extremely enjoyable, but hard work. She was privileged to work with some very talented people. Over the years, Kay has covered some landmark moments in history.
Kay Alexander became a Director of the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre in 1996, just as this important establishment undertook a massive lottery funded redesign and rebuild. The Small Brook of the Queensway fame, rising like a geyser through the orchestra pit, was just one of the many complications they had to deal with.
At the same time, Kay became a Guardian of the Assay Office Birmingham. It is the last of Matthew Boulton's enterprises which survives today, doing what it has done for over 240 years, testing precious metals and protecting consumers from fraud.
Kay subsequently increased her contribution to the Assay Office from Guardian to Chairman. Kay's association with the Assay Office and the jewellery industry would turn out to be one of the parts of her career of which she is most proud.
This is a unique opportunity to hear a view of Birmingham's recent history from someone who was immersed in it throughout their career and speaks from the heart.
5:30pm Arrival drinks
6pm The BBC, Boulton and Me - A talk by Kay Alexander MBE, followed by group questions
7:15pm A visit to the Silver Collection and a chance to chat informally with Kay and other guests over a glass of wine