Last week I met with the School Council – made up of 8 very bright pupils from years 3-6 attending Stirchley Community School. We talked about the Baths, looked at photographs and they came up with a list of questions they would ask a history expert if they met one (luckily I knew most the answers!)
They would want to ask:
- How many people visited the Baths?
- Why did it close?
- When it was built?
- How many baths were there?
- What happens if the floor boards broke if people were dancing on them?
- Were Germans allowed to visit the Baths during WWII?
They all agreed that seeing the building in its current state is a waste of a building and they thought it was important to restore it. If they went on a school visit they would like to learn some old fashioned dances, be ‘history detectives’ around the building and see an old bath tub! What a great 15 minute session!
Thank you to headteacher Mr Clifford for arranging my meeting with the School Council. He is very keen that the school and the Baths work in partnership in the future – including the new school film club and radio station reporting on the Baths project during its restoration period.