HONOUR NEWMAN THE City, of Birmingham is to pay tribute to Cardinal Newman with an Exhibition and a series of lectures organised by the Newman Association under the sponsorship of the Birmingham and Midland Institute.
Birmingham, no less than London, Oxford and Dublin played a key part in the life of Newman but this Exhibition planned for September 14 to 23 is the first of any size in honour of this former citizen.
The exhibition, to take place in the concert room of the Birmingham and Midland Institute, will follow broadly a chronological order, from Newman's early life in Ham, Middlesex, to the last 40 years which he spent in Birmingham.
This means that one half will he devoted to his Church of England life and half to his Catholic life.
Portraits and busts of Newman will accompany manuscripts and objects belonging to the Cardinal. A reconstruction of his room in the Edgbaston Oratory—together with the original furniture will be erected, and a collection of his regalia shown.
The University of Birmingham Board of Extra-mural Studies has invited Catholic and non-Catholic speakers including Mgr. Francis Davis, Rev. T. M. Parker (Fellow and Chaplain of University College, Oxford). E. Brinkworth and Fr. Stephen Dessain of the Oratory to give a series of lectures on Newman s life and thought.
The Birmingham Library (Margaret Street Library) will be presenting an exhibition of books in the Newman Bibliography; these will include original manuscripts first editions and modern works from all over the world.
The Institute's School of Music is planning a programme of music and readings, including the " Dream of Geronthis " and a violin sonata which Newman wrote at the age of 17.
Many of the photographs at the Exhibition will be prepared by the
Midland Pictorial and will form the basis of a permanent exhibition to be housed at Littlemore.
The Exhibition will be opened by the Earl of Longford and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham will he in the chair. Archbishop Grimshaw is unable to be present but will be represented. Also expected are the Anglican Bishop of Aston and representatives of the University and other civic bodies.
Organising secretary of the immense task of putting on this exhibition is 28-year-old Bill Ozanne, a convert and a teacher at the Cardinal Newman School. His interest in Newman dates from his Cambridge days and he owes his introduction to the Faith to a large extent to the welcome given him by the Newman Association when he was still a non-Catholic.