Author: Suzanne Carter

The Magic Key – an animated history part III

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.

Birmingham Heritage Week & Heritage Open Days 2017

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

Time travel with Beryl through the history of Stirchley Baths in this fun, interactive and lively storytelling session designed for children between 3 and 6 years of age and their families. Discover together daily life and events at the former wash house and swimming pool from the early 20th century to the present day.Stirchley Baths is a Grade II listed former Edwardian swimming baths which opened in 1911, and closed in 1988. After over 25 years standing empty, the building was refurbished with some of its original features restored, and re-opened in January 2016 as a community hub.

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

Explore Stirchley Baths, a Grade II listed former Edwardian swimming pool and wash house, opened 1911, closed 1988 and reopened in 2016 after an award-winning conservation project. Our special ‘hard hat’ tunnel tours will take visitors into the pool’s deep end and original well; sign up for these tours on the day, and please wear sensible shoes (clothes are likely to get a little bit dusty too!). Take part in a creative workshop with tapestry needlepoint artist Tina Francis as part of our Big Stirchley Baths Stitch project and contribute to a new artwork, recreating a tropical poolside mural from the 1980s. Building trails and arts activities for the whole family. Learn about local history with Stirchley History Group. Watch animated movies on the history of the Baths. Organic vegetarian cafe open.



The building is accessible for wheelchairs, but no access for wheelchairs on the balcony or in the tunnels

Additional information

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.

At the end of a busy weekend exploring the wonderful history of Birmingham, join us to wind down and enjoy a bit more history over a drink and homemade pizza at the iconic Stirchley Baths. Think a pub quiz event, but without the pub! Why not put a team together (max 6 per team) and test your knowledge of Birmingham’s heritage over ten rounds of questions. Warning: The quiz will include a couple of rounds on Stirchley Baths and Stirchley local history, so arrive early (from 1700) to soak up as much knowledge as you can! All ages welcome. Colouring activities available for younger children. Fresh pre-ordered homemade pizza from ChangeKitchen CIC delivered to your table during the event, or bring your own snacks. Please feel free to bring your own drinks/alcoholic beverages. Hot and soft drinks are also available to buy from the café.

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

Lift off! Have we got a creative space mission for young people over the summer holidays!

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  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+.