Friday, 21 July 2017

Where's Father Harry now?

Trading at Birmingham Sunday Carboot, Wholesale Market
It has been said that Father Harry Clarke, a Catholic priest from Stockport, introduced the car boot sale to the UK as a charity fundraiser, after seeing a similar event or trunk fair in Canada while on holiday there in the early 1970s.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Carbooters Mecca to close

For over forty years there's been a Carboot on the site of the Wholesale Market in Birmingham, but with plans to move the Wholesale Market to Witton, what will happen to the carboot?

Monday, 3 July 2017

Moseley Road Baths granted a reprieve

We're very pleased to hear that Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath has been granted a reprieve.  The building, which was scheduled for closure this month, has been given a stay of execution until March 2018.  The hope is that this will allow adequate time for a coalition of community and heritage organisations to work alongside Birmingham City Council to create an organisation able to take on the running of the building.  All partners are committed to a continuation of public swimming at the building, ensuring that the local community can continue to swim there, as they have for almost 110 years.

For the full details of the decision go to the Friends of Moseley Road Baths website.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The Tea Party – Refreshing the Curriculum

Within the People's Heritage Co-operative we are passionate about delivering exciting, creative and enlightening heritage projects to make history come alive for younger generations.  On 6th July we will be sharing some of our work with teachers to support local schools in delving into history.

The 'Tea Party' at mac Birmingham is an opportunity for teachers to learn more about the exciting educational provision being offered by arts, culture and heritage organisations.

We will have a stall where we will be showcasing a range of educational and school work by the People's Heritage Co-operative and our members in schools across Birmingham, including Untold Stories, Fight for the Right, Women's History Birmingham, Paganel Archives, Children of War and Pool of Memories.

Do book a place and come and see us, we are always open to conversations about our work and potential projects!

This is an Arts Connect event in partnership with Birmingham Education Partnership produced by The Company.  It runs from 3:00pm to 5:30pm at mac Birmingham on 6th July.

Friday, 19 May 2017

It's Right to Vote

Elfins knocking on doors
on Holly Bank Road
Last night Woodcraft Folk Elfins went out to encourage voters to register their vote.  Children can't vote at the election, so the most our seven to ten year old children can do is to discuss with adults, and to make sure they're using their right to vote if not for themselves, then for the children whose lives will be most influenced by the election on 8th June.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Stone Soup in Springfield

Chatting over soup at Springfield
Neighbours Scheme first anniversary
You've probably heard the story.  A hungry stranger persuades a village to add a little to a 'stone soup' to make a nutritious meal for everyone.   But how do you persuade the villagers to add their ingredients, and how do you sustain that culture of sharing?

One year on Springfield Project Neighbour Scheme celebrates its anniversary with a meal.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Who do you think you were in the Great War?

My Grandfather, to the left of my Great-grandfather,
Heinrich Hoenen (with his Iron Cross tucked into his jacket)
What was your family doing during the Great War?  It's a question we ask as part of our learning resources to explore the impact of the Great War in Birmingham.