Founded by Act of Parliament in 1854, for "the Diffusion and Advancement of Science, Literature and Art amongst all Classes of Persons resident in Birmingham and the Midland Counties," the B.M.I. continues to pursue these aims.
Housed in an attractive Grade II* listed building, conveniently located in the centre of Birmingham where the city's business and commercial quarter meets the city's cultural centre, the B.M.I. offers its own cultural and educational activities, including a wide-ranging programme of Arts and Science Lectures, exhibitions and concerts for its members and others.
The BMI also includes The Birmingham Library, founded in 1779.
Several independent societies are affiliated to the BMI, using its premises for their meetings and activities. These societies include the Birmingham Philatelic Society, Moseley United Nations Association, Institute Ramblers, Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society, Midland Painting Group, Midland Spaceflight Society, Workers Educational Association, Dickens Fellowship, British Russian Society, Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry and the Victorian Society.
In addition, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Midland Co-operative Society are among its longer term tenants.
Many rooms in the BMI, including lecture theatres, large conference rooms and smaller meeting rooms are available for hire on a day or part-day basis.
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