Each month we talk to a face about town to find out how they feel about living and working in the city. This time it’s Simon Cane from Birmingham Museums Trust
Tell us about yourself
I’m Simon Cane the interim director at Birmingham Museums Trust, which is responsible for the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG), Thinktank, Aston Hall, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Soho House, Sarehole Mill, Blakesley Hall, Weoley Castle and the Museum Collections Centre.
How do you get into town?
I walk everywhere. I am based at the BMAG and have an office that overlooks Chamberlain Square.
How’s the Commute?
It is a short walk from the Jewellery Quarter through St Paul’s Square and up Newhall Street. In my role, I think it is important that I live in the city as it enables me to gain a real sense of what’s going on.
Is Brum a good place to work?
I have been in Birmingham for ten years and I feel very comfortable here and have developed a great affection for the place. I really believe that Birmingham is one of the best UK’s cities to live in. Yes, it’s understated, but that’s part of its charm.
If it’s on the hoof then it’s usually Costa on New St, but if I have the time it’s the Urban Coffee Company on Church Street.
I tend to make my own lunch, but for business I like the new Cafe Opus at the Ikon Gallery or The Edwardian Tea Room at BMAG, which now has free Wifi.
I am a regular at Bannatyne’s gym in Brindley Place. I go in early which sets me up for the day. I only have to walk out of my office and into the galleries for inspiration.
Where’s your favourite part of the City?
The Jewellery Quarter, which is why I live there. I like the buildings, the laid back atmosphere and the range of pubs, bars and restaurants available. It’s also very quiet on a Sunday and has a village feel to it.
I often pop into the Queens Arms on Newhall Street, a proper city centre boozer, for a post work drink. I also like The Lord Clifden on Great Hampton Street as it has a great vibe and a fantastic garden that really buzzes in the summer, a real gem of a pub that also serves good food.
How can the city be made better?
New Street Station is one of the worst arrivals of any city in England and Paradise Forum is confusing and ugly. I am very pleased that New Street is being redeveloped and the oxymoron that is Paradise Forum is to be redeveloped. These two transformational projects will change the way the city is perceived and make it a better place for everyone.