After asking local people and stakeholders to help in the decision making process to choose the official name of the new centre, it has been decided that the new name will be STIRCHLEY BATHS.
Importantly the name is both a nod to the building’s heritage and where it is, but is also a title that many in the community have already been using over the last couple of years when talking about the building transforming from dereliction in to a fantastic new community building.
Among the donations are a Stirchley Park t-shirt, school cardigan, Bournville Station train ticket, library card, beer mat, building plans and recipe for the Stirchley loaf! These are some of the people I have met along the way:
Brian of the Friends of Stirchley Park donated a t-shirt at the drop-in session.
Sunander suggested a passport to Leisure card and train tickets- who knows if in 100 years Bournville Station will be around!
Stirchley Primary School caretaker popped in to donate a cardigan.
St Andrews congregation with the contents of the old time capsule and making suggestions for the new one.
St Andrews looking at old photographs.
Jon, Martyn and Tony are building your community centre.
The Loaf bakers donated the famous Stirchley Loaf recipe.
The suggestions board at the Late Summer Bash.
Ron from the Neighbourhood Forum Writing a suggestion.
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.
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 Stirchleybaths@gmail.com.
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.
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.