Author: philbanting

Moving Forward in Local History

Stirchley History Group invites you to help shape our future! At our next meeting on Wednesday 7 December we plan to become a formally constituted organisation so that we can operate our own finances, join national networks, apply for external funding and plan for the long term.

Advert for the December 2016 meeting of Stirchley History Group
Advert for the December 2016 meeting of Stirchley History Group

The group began 18 months ago as a heritage project of Stirchley Baths, and we intend to continue that close relationship. We produced a history leaflet and acted as tour guides when the building opened, and have taken part in other events such as Splash Back In Time and the Fun Palace day. Stirchley Baths is an everyday reminder of the connection between past, present and future, and that’s something worth celebrating.

Members of Stirchley History Group at the opening ceremony of Stirchley Baths
In at the beginning: we acted as guides when Stirchley Baths re-opened

 

Learning about bathtime in the tin bath
The tin bath was a hit at the Fun Palace day

Through excellent guest speakers we’ve learned about the history of swimming and washing baths and how to research the history of our own houses, and have become more observant of “ghost signs” – the relics of adverts painted on walls around the area. We’ve established a social media presence and collected material for some local walking tour leaflets… and we want to do so much more to discover and promote an awareness of our past.

Everyone is welcome to come along on 7 December and be part of our continuing journey.

Former Swimming Club member Sandra with her quote on the wall of the Cinema Room
Sandra has contributed her memories to Stirchley Baths and the History Group