Event - School Council Meets the Lord Mayor

18 May 2017

The School Council visited the Council House in Birmingham on 18th May to meet the Lord Mayor.

The Lord Mayor informed us about his ceremonial role and responsibilities. The first Mayor was appointed to Birmingham in 1838 and later in June 1896 Queen Victoria raised the office to the dignity of Lord Mayor.

We were given the opportunity to ask lots of questions about why he was elected to this important role and the impact he has had in the last year whilst carrying out his duties in Birmingham. We also discussed our responsibilities as members of the School Council.

We were taken to the Lord Mayor's Chamber to view the visitor's book which had been signed by many well-known guests, such as HM The Queen, Princess Anne, former US president Bill Clinton.

We were then taken on a tour of the Council House which took five years to build, opening in 1889. We viewed lots of photographs and gifts that have been presented to the City of Birmingham.

The Lord Mayor presented each of us with an embossed pencil and after lunch we said our thanks and started our journey back to school.

It was an honour to meet the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.
The Banqueting Suite within the Council House.

The Council Chamber where counsellors can vote.
A small selection of gifts presented to Birmingham.

We looked at some of the names signed in the visitor's books.
The Lord Mayor's chair in the Council Chamber.

The glass corridor leading to Birmingham Art Gallery.
Seating was added to the Council Chamber in 1911.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Council House.
Standing in Victoria Square at the foot of the Queen Victoria statue.

We talked about former Lord Mayors.