So, what’s in a name?


We are asking local people to help in the decision making process to choose the official name of the new centre from the shortlist below:








Please vote using survey monkey.

The public vote will be open from 20th August until 5th September (including taking votes at the Stirchley Bash on 5/9/15 and the next Stirchley Market on 1/9/15).

Craft Commission: Ceremonial Key

Stirchley Baths is looking to commission a Birmingham based, emerging or early career craft practitioner to develop and produce a ceremonial key inspired by the heritage of the building. When the building was opened in 1911 a beautiful ceremonial key was presented. The 2015 key will be used at the opening event of the building, and both the 1911 and 2015 key will be on display within the building on long term exhibition.

A large golden coloured and elaborate ceremonial key - used for opening the stirchley baths in 1911.

Stirchley Swimming Baths Ceremonial Key July 25th July 1911. Image: Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery.


The successful craft practitioner will include a digital element to the commission also, meaning the 2015 key have a wider use than just a physical key, it will have a digital presence too. The commission is open to all types of crafts people, so the final work might be made from anything from fabric, wood, plastic or recycled materials. 

Applicants should send up to 300 words about their practice, photographs depicting examples of previous work and an ideas on how you might approach the project to

Fee: £500, plus up to £500 material costs (expenses paid on receipt on delivery of work).

Deadline for applications: Monday 14 September 2015.
The commission must be completed by Friday 16 October 2015.


Installation of the newly restored Ticket Kiosk to Stirchley Baths

If you were anywhere near the baths this morning you may have spotted our carpenters returning the ticket Kiosk. We visited their workshop a while ago to speak to John, the carpenter working no the booth, about what needed doing to it, and we were there with our camera again this morning to film the installation. This time we’ve done something a little different – here’s a time lapse of it being put back in place.

Hopefully we’ll be back on site in the next week or so to see it polished and then re-glazed to bring back to its former glory.

Stirchley History Group

During the last five weeks I have been working with members of the community to assemble a Stirchley history group. The creation of the group, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery fund is for the benefit and lasting legacy of the Stirchley Baths project. After a call out on social media and presenting at Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum, a group of us met at P Cafe.

The first meeting of Stirchley History Group.

The first meeting of Stirchley History Group.

The initial task is for the group to produce an illustrated leaflet about the historic importance of the Baths. The leaflet will include a general introduction to Stirchley history, the history of the Baths, opening times, contact information, facilities and room hire info. This content will also be used on Stirchley Baths website.

During the first meeting the Baths leaflet was explained to the group. Some members were happy to carry out research relating to information for the leaflet, while others simply wanted to talk about Stirchley history. The one thing everybody had in common was a passion for local history, community and telling the story of Stirchley.

Our second meeting took place in Stirchley Library just over a week ago. The library was chosen because it houses the local history section and copies of the original 1910 architect plans for the Baths (it also has two of the friendliest and helpful Librarians around- Denise and David).

The second meeting, hosted at Stirchley Library.

The second meeting, hosted at Stirchley Library.

During this second meeting members talked about the era they had been researching. Although not all the information will go into the leaflet it was important to lay sturdy foundations. Some members are looking into early Stirchley, including the middle ages; other are investigating a pre-Cadbury Stirchley, which relied upon industry, such as the mills along the Rea. The offering of the land, opening and running of the Baths is another era covered by a member; as is a history of public baths in general. Another member has accrued thousands of old Stirchley photographs which we are going to sort through as possible images for the leaflet. And one member is in the process of writing a brief biography of his father, Den Jones, who played with his orchestra at the Baths in the forties/fifties. As a group we decided to do a call out on social media and at a stall at September’s Late Summer Bash for people who worked or learnt to swim at the Baths. We’re hoping to bring together people who gained their swimming badges.

Do you recognise anybody in this photograph?

Do you recognise anybody in this photograph?

There were a few surprises during the meeting including Alison’s discovery of a public baths photograph. We’re not sure if it is Stirchley Baths, but we’re hoping somebody will recognise those in the photo.

The other surprise was Nigel’s reveal of the original ceremonial plaque. The plaque had been removed from the exterior of the building some 25 years previously by a concerned resident, when the building was unused and in disrepair. It was handed to Nigel a few years ago when the Baths campaign began. The plaque will return to the Baths once the restoration is complete.

Stirchley Baths Foundation Stone, 1910.

Stirchley Baths ceremonial plaque, 1910.

The next meeting of the History Group will take place at Stirchley Library between 5 and 6.45pm on Thursday 6th of August. If you would like to join, please pop by. Not everybody in the group has chosen to carry out research, but everyone is supportive of the Baths project and enthusiastic about Stirchley history.

Future Stirchley History Group projects may include developing history tours of the Baths and a heritage trail of Stirchley.

If you are interested in contributing but are unable to attend contact me (Louise) at

Free Social Media Support for Stirchley Community Groups and Volunteers

Stirchley social media surgery

Stirchley Social Media Surgery

Free Social Media Support for Stirchley Community Groups and Volunteers in Stirchley.
Do you want to improve your social media skills? Maybe set up a facebook page or group for your committee? Start a blog for your local History Group? Or learn how to find people like  you on Twitter?
We can help you do that at the Stirchley Social Media Surgery.
The surgery is a free and informal way of learning the skills you want and we can tailor support to your needs.
These events will be held at  the Cafe P, 1464A Pershore Road Stirchley B30 2NT  on:
5.30pm – 7pm Tuesday 28th July
5.30pm – 7pm Tuesday 25th August
To register to attend visit or just pop along on any of these dates.