The Friends of Moseley Road Baths stage their third annual Memories and Memorabilia Day on Saturday, October 30.
The event, on the 103rd birthday of Moseley Road Baths, is part of Pool of Memories, the three-year history project for which the Friends of Moseley Road Baths group have received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of almost £48,000.
The project aims to record and archive the stories of those who swam, washed, worked, dived or danced at this Grade II* building on Moseley Road in Balsall Heath.
An exhibition of Moseley Road Baths’ history, including a selection of the material already collected as part of Pool of Memories, will be on display with visitors encouraged to add their own memories and memorabilia to the expanding archive.
The event takes place at the Balsall Heath Church Centre, on the corner of Edward Road and Mary Street, between 11:30am-4:30pm.
Guided tours of Moseley Road Baths leave from the church centre at noon, 1pm and 3.30pm. These can be booked in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, telephoning 07967 093 256 or at the church centre on the day.
At 2:15pm, Neil Bonner, from the Victoria Baths Trust in Manchester (victoriabaths.org.uk) will present an illustrated talk about the Victoria Baths, an Edwardian Grade II* building (winners of the BBC’s inaugural Restoration series in 2003) and another of Britain’s most historic and architecturally significant swimming baths.
Pool of Memories Project Co-ordinator Jen Austin said: “Throughout its history, Moseley Road Baths has been a hub of the community, providing swimming and bathing facilities for generations of locals, playing a part in the lives of almost every Balsall Heathan and plenty of others from further afield.
"Thousands of children have learned to swim there, with some winning medals and trophies at school or youth organisation galas. For others, the washing (or ‘slipper’) baths were the focus, while until the 1950s the winter programme of dances and other social events were a popular attraction.
"The Pool of Memories project aims to document and record the stories and reminiscences of bath users, allowing us to build a picture of a way of life that was once commonplace to thousands of Birmingham folk.”
The Friends’ online virtual tour of Moseley Road Baths (moseleyroadbaths.co.uk) has more about the campaign to restore the building.