You might remember watching our wonderful animated history of Stirchley Baths parts I and II, made during youth challenges last year – well, have we got a new treat for you!
In this short animated movie ‘The Magic Key’ glows and takes pupils from Colmore Junior School back to 1988, the day the pool closed. It is a story of active citizens fighting for their pool and how they went about it. This really is a snapshot of history with a difference – and features lots of interesting characters.
We worked with Colmore’s after school Film Club over 5 weeks, and in just 5 hours they had made the props, recorded the narration, been cast and crew of live action sequences, and had animated 4 scenes using a stop-frame technique.
Scott Johnson has worked his movie magic to edit the children’s work into a fantastic animated movie, which we hope you will enjoy.
A huge thank you to the children who took part for all their hard work and to Mr Hughes, their fabulous learning mentor.
Join us during Birmingham Heritage Week and Heritage Open Days this year for an exciting programme of activity.
Beryl of the Baths; interactive storytelling for families with young children
Friday 8 September, 1-2pm
Children under the age of 3 or over the age of 6 are welcome as part of a family group, although the session is designed for children aged between 3-6 years old.
Tunnel Trips and The Big Stirchley Baths Stitch!
Sunday 10 September, 11am-4pm
The building is accessible for wheelchairs, but no access for wheelchairs on the balcony or in the tunnels
Max 10 people per tour/session. Tunnel tours will happen on the half hour. Tickets available on the day. These are hard hat tours, and accessible by a steep ladder. Not suitable for under 6s or people with limited mobility. The Big Stitch project is open to everyone aged 3+ – although all children will need supervision from parent/carer. No need to book; take part on the day.
Heritage Weekend Wind Down at Stirchley Baths
Sunday 10 September, from 5pm – 6pm start.
Please pre-book teams of no more than 6 people for the quiz. We will contact you to see if you want to order a pizza for your table before the event (buying food is optional)
Call: 0121 464 9072
We are looking for young people to take part in our ‘set design challenge’ who are: aged 11+, love being creative, love design, like a challenge, love the wonders of space and star constellations, like working in small teams and love being hands on!
In October Stirchley Baths will host the annual Fun Palace event – where everyone is an artist and everyone is a scientist! This year the theme is SPACE and we want to decorate the length of the Main Hall (18m x 2.4m) with a solar system designed and created by young people on big black boards – a set design that is OUT OF THIS WORLD! Your blank canvas on the right!
The session is £5 per young person/per session. You can book into either or both sessions on a first come first served basis. Young people are welcome to stay on after lunch to take part in our Big Stirchley Baths Stitch Project (2nd and 16th August), or origami workshop (2nd August). Please note, these are public events. You will be able to pick them up any time before 4pm.
You must pre-book this activity. Please download this Registration Form and send to to firstname.lastname@example.org But might be worth texting Suzanne on 07793 075737 to check there are spaces available. There are copies of the form also at reception.
There are only 12 places available per session for young people aged 11+.
With less than a month to go before the end of term, some of you may already be looking for activities during the school holidays.
We have family events programmed on three days and also hope to launch a new fun activity bag which can be used at other times (more details another day…)
Just to let you know; the Baths will be closed for its usual two weeks from Monday 21 until Monday 4 September.
Hope to see you over the summer!