LIBRARY OPPONENTS MUST BE BROUGHT TO BOOK
In Critic's Choice (AJ 11.1.07) Andrew Mead rightly refers to the future of Birmingham's Central Library, designed by John Madin and opened by Harold Wilson in 1974, as being 'uncertain'. I have been writing letters to the Birmingham Post on the subject since 2002, when the City Council announced that the library was 'crumbling' and called for it to be demolished to make way for new offi ces.
Last September I organised an exhibition about the building that was shown in the library itself. This exhibition will be shown at the Birmingham and Midland Institute during February, and a public meeting to launch a support group called Friends of the Central Library will also take place on the evening of 26 February. The City Council, as well as prospective developer Argent, have agreed to send representatives to what promises to be an interesting meeting.
Alan Clawley, Birmingham