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Hundreds of hidden Birmingham photos found

Harborne High Street, in a view towards War Lane, in 1960 Image copyright University of Birmingham
Image caption An image of Harborne High Street looking towards War Lane in 1960

Hundreds of pictures discovered in a cupboard which show Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s have gone on display.

The images by amateur photographer Phyllis Nicklin were found last year when University of Birmingham staff were clearing out a building.

Ms Nicklin, a lecturer from Aston, took the photos between 1953 and 1969.

A selection are on display at the city's Reuben Colley gallery and artists have been invited to interpret the photos.

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Image caption A Witton GEC Works car park is pictured in March 1968
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Image caption This Bull Ring and Rotunda redevelopment photo comes from April 1963
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Image caption Gas Street Wharf was photographed in July 1961
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Image caption Mansel Road in Small Heath is pictured in July 1953

David Oram, from the university, published Ms Nicklin's photos on his local history website, Brumpic.

He said: "She's captured a time of change in Birmingham where new buildings [were] going up, the [old ones] coming down. This is exactly what happened in the 1950s and 1960s in Birmingham."

The photos were discovered by staff last year.

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Image caption Another photo shows the Austin Motor Works in Longbridge in 1968
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Image caption Northfield stores on Bristol Road South were photographed in 1968
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Image caption Handsworth Soho Road is pictured in March 1968

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