Social Media Surgery for Stirchley Baths volunteers and local community groups,

Stirchley Communty Baths Stakeholder Event

In the coming months we’ll be working with Podnosh to deliver a series of Social Media Surgeries to support volunteers involved with the Stirchley Baths project, alongside other local community groups, make better us of Social Media,

These informal session with be held in P Cafe 1464 Pershore Road to begin with and will hopefully move into the Baths as we get progress. Working one one one as far as possible. There’ll be no lectures, just people with knowledge, ideas and a passion to help you make best use of the internet for your group or organisation, Currently sessions are due to run  5:30pm -7pm on the following dates

  • 26th May 2015
  • 30th June 2015
  • 28th July 2015
  • 25th August 2015
  • 29th September 2015

To register to attend any (or all) of  the dates visit  the the Social Media Surgery website.

 

 

Do you have photo’s of the development work on Stirchley Baths?

Kate Andrews is the new heritage officer for the project (we’ll introduce her a bit better very shortly) –  she’s looking for your pics and your thoughts on Stirchley Baths –  see below



 

Have you taken any photos of Stirchley Baths during it’s exciting redevelopment? Maybe at one of the community tours, or when walking past the baths? We would love to gather together all of the photographs taken over the last couple of years by the community. Some of the images will be selected to be exhibited on the hoardings around the front of the development over the next few months, or used on our website ww.stirchleybaths.org. It doesn’t matter if they were taken on a mobile phone or professional camera, we would like to see all of them!

Please send your photographs via email to kate@kateandrews.me or by using a file sending service such as www.wetransfer.com or www.dropbox.com. To allow us to use the photographs publicly please email us with the following information:

What does the Stirchley Baths redevelopment mean to you? (We may use your quote with your photographs or online)
Do you have the right to share these photographs?
Do you give us permission to use the photographs publicly, including online?

Many thanks and we look forward to seeing your photographs.

Kate

Kate Andrews

Stirchley Baths – Community Heritage Development Officer
stirchleybaths.org

‘Finish Line Ahead’

On Thursday 9th of April members of the community were invited on a tour of Stirchley Baths. I was pleasantly surprised at how far the project has progressed since the last tour in December. And now you can really see the rooms forming.

The iconic view of the end wall of the pool.

The iconic view of the end wall of the pool.

The pool has now been covered (although there is a peep hole) and will be used as a multi-purpose hall.

The pool has now been covered (although there is a peep hole) and will be used as a multi-purpose hall.

The roof lanterns above the main hall.

The roof lanterns above the main hall.

These rooms will be used to store any equipment for groups that use the main hall. Some old changing rooms will be reinstalled on the balcony to reflect the building's history.

These rooms will be used to store any equipment for groups that use the main hall. Some old changing rooms will be reinstalled on the balcony to reflect the building’s history.

The tiles which will be restored as they are a unique original feature.

The tiles which will be restored as they are a unique original feature.

This will become the cinema room.

This will become the cinema room.

This room will become the cafe.

This room will become the cafe.

The cafe will be known as the Well Cafe after the original well.

The cafe will be known as the Well Cafe after the original well.

A bell/communication mechanism on the foyer hatch.

A bell/communication mechanism on the foyer hatch.

Original tiling in the foyer.

Original tiling in the foyer.

Underneath the cupola.

Underneath the cupola.

The view from on top of the roof.

The view from on top of the roof.

A roof lantern from the top of the roof.

A roof lantern from the top of the roof.

Cupola number 2, waiting to go up.

Cupola number 2, waiting to go up.

Here’s a message from the site managers about the plans for next month:

  • Building ‘water tight’ with flat roofs felted and windows installed
  •  Mezzanine floor completed with original balcony balustrade installed
  •  Cupola No.2 stonework complete with new cupola fixed
  •  Re-pointed external brickwork cleaned with scaffold elevations starting to be dropped
  •  Underfloor heating in pool area installed
  • Floor screed installed
  •  Plasterboarding to all areas
  •  2nd fix carpentry started

Co-site manager Jack told me that they are almost at the stage where floorboards can be laid in some of the newly created rooms.

Your community centre will open in September 2015 to co-incide with Stirchley Late Summer Bash.

“We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.” – Emmeline Pankhurst

Blue plaque for Julia Varley, trade unionist and suffragette  Hay Green lane, Bournville

Blue plaque for Julia Varley, trade unionist and Suffragette.
Hay Green Lane, Bournville.

International Women’s Day was born on the eve of World War I. Russian women, hoping for peace observed the first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. It was later transferred to 8th March and this day has remained the global date ever since.

In the late Victorian era, great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Oppression and inequality spurred women into inciting change. The campaign for Women’s rights in Birmingham began in 1866 with just three names on the very first ‘women’s suffrage’ petition.

Black Friday was a women’s suffrage event on 18 November 1910; the same year Stirchley Baths opened. The protest occurred when Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith indicated that there would be no more Parliamentary time for the reading of the Conciliation Bill. This bill would have extended the right of 1,000,000 wealthy, property-owning women to vote.

Approximately 300 women from Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) protested, with 200 assaulted and manhandled when they attempted to run past the police. This was the first documented use of police force against suffragettes. A total of 119 men and women were arrested.

Kings Norton Station fire 1914.

Kings Norton Station fire 1914.

On the night of 15 March 1914, Birmingham Suffragettes were responsible for a fire at Kings Norton Station. A number of railway coaches were set alight as an act of protest. Difficulty obtaining enough water resulted in fire damage totalling £1,000. A copy of ‘The Suffragist’ was found nearby.

Stirchley Library, Edwardian era.

Stirchley Library, Edwardian era.

This photograph of Stirchley Library highlights inequality in Edwardian society. Without full electoral rights, libraries offered opportunities for women to gain access to educational and learning resources. However, certain conditions were still applied, as indicated by the notice on the table.

Dame Elizabeth Cadbury

Dame Elizabeth Cadbury

The first woman to stand as a candidate for King’s Norton’s (which Stirchley was then part of) was Elizabeth Cadbury in the 1923 General Election. She was a Liberal, living at Manor House, Northfield, and was a city councillor for Kings Norton from 1919 to 1924. In 1928, 60 years after Birmingham’s Suffrage campaign had been launched at the meeting in the Exchange Rooms, New Street, all women were given the vote on the same terms as men.

It is worth noting that the first female Birmingham MP was Mrs Edith Wills; elected as Labour member for Duddeston in 1945. Later followed by Mrs Edith Pitt (Conservative) elected for Edgbaston in 1953.

The UK Equal Pay Act did not come into force until 1970 and the Sex Discrimination Act 1975.

Do you have stories to share about Stirchley?

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Last night I spoke at Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum about the Bath’s project. People were keen to know how the restoration is progressing, so I shared old photographs and recent ones to show how much progress has been made.

In June 2014 the roof of the Baths looked like this:

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In January 2015 it looks like this:

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The roof lanterns will be fully finished by next month.

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And the internal scaffolding in the main hall where the pool is, has now been removed:

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I also spoke about this blog site. I want more people to blog. I want you to blog! 

This blog was created to share Stirchley residents’ passion for the community centre. It is also a place to share memories of Stirchley’s past and present day activities.

In March there will be opportunities to learn how to blog. Social surgeries will be organised (hopefully 3) to help people who’d like to share their stories. More details about when these sessions will happen will appear on Stirchley Baths Facebook page, Twitter @StirchleyBaths and via the Neighbourhood Forum.

It would be great to share old photos and memorabilia. If you have anything but don’t want to blog please get in touch if you’re happy for me to share them. Or bring them with you to the social surgeries in March.

A resident at the forum asked me about the floor plan for the community centre. Mark Sloane, the architect has kindly sent it to me. The first image is the most recent plan of the layout of the whole site. The second image is from early 2014, but shows in detail the intended uses of the rooms.

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The Baths project is about to get even more exciting. We want as many people as possible to be part of it.

My email address is louisedeakin96@aol.com or you can message me on here or Stirchley Baths on Facebook or Twitter (@stirchleybaths).