Would you like to interview members of the public about their memories of swimming, bathing, socialising and working at Moseley Road Baths? As part of our Heritage Lottery Fund‘Pool of Memories’ project we are calling on volunteers to help us in our three year quest to find the best memories of the building. Your interviews may form part of a book, teaching resource, DVD, permanent exhibition and drama project.We are holding a FREE all-day training event on Saturday 13th March at Moseley Exchange (situated behind Moseley Post Office). You will get opportunity to learn more about the Pool of Memories Project and receive training from the Oral History Society.
Here is a filmed interview from our memories day back in 2008. Gerard White talks about the teadances that took place at ‘Moseley Road Ballrooms’ during the war, when the Gala Pool was covered over for the duration of the winter. He talks particularly about the impact of American GIs on the dance floor!
There are only twelve places on the training day, so we will be allocating places on a first-come, first-served basis and only for people who can dedicate time to volunteer for the Pool of Memories Project. Please contact us on email@example.com or ring Jen Austin on 07776 095 885 to reserve a place.
10.00-10.15 Welcome and introductions
10.15-11.15 What is oral history?: understanding memory
11.30-1.00 Getting started: aims and objectives, who to interview, question approaches
2.00-2.30 Practical work: an introduction to recording equipment
2.30-3.30 The interview: do’s and don’ts
3.45-4.30 Practical work: interviewing
4.30-5.00 Evaluation of practical work
5.00-5.30 After the interview: summarising, transcription, copyright, archiving
The Pool of Memories Project Launch Event is to be held at Balsall Heath Library Moseley Road, (next to the Baths) at 3pm on Wednesday 17th February 2010.
Pool of Memories is an oral history project through which Friends of MoseleyRoad Baths will document the history of this nationally important building and record the stories and reminiscences of the generations of local people who have swum, socialised washed or worked there.
The Friends of MRB recently secured a Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Your Heritage’ grant of almost £48,000 for the project , which involves local schools and the community in the production of a book, a DVD and accompanying teaching resource pack, website and exhibition. The Project is also linked to Playhouse theatre in education scheme.
At the launch there will be an opportunity for you to find out more about the Project and, if you are interested, how you can help us build our archive of memories of the Baths. We do hope you will be able to attend.
We are extremely excited to announce that The Friends of Moseley Road Baths has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund Your Heritage grant of almost £48,000 to undertake a three-year project researching the history of the Edwardian Grade II* Listed Moseley Road swimming baths in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.
Pool of Memories is an Oral History project incorporating several interlinked elements, including production of a book, DVD and accompanying teaching resource pack, website, exhibition and a ‘Theatre in Education’ scheme. The project will involve extensive input from local schools and community groups.
Commentating on the award, Pool of Memories Project Co-ordinator Jen Austin said: “We are delighted to have secured this substantial Heritage Lottery Fund grant which will enable us to document the history of Moseley Road Baths and record the stories and reminiscences of those who have swum, socialised, washed or worked there.
“For more than a century, Moseley Road Baths has been a hub of the community, providing swimming and bathing facilities for generations of local people. The Pool of Memories project will collate and preserve this history, providing a detailed picture and valuable archive of this nationally important building and its role in Birmingham’s history.”
Explaining the importance of the award, Anne Jenkins, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the West Midlands said: “We are delighted to be able to support this project which will involve over 2,000 young people and bring them a multitude of educational benefits and skills whilst they explore the past of these well-loved local baths.”
An event to officially launch the Pool of Memories project will be held in February, from which point members of the public will be invited to contribute to the project.
For further information about the Pool of Memories project contactJen Austin on 0777 609 5885 or e-mail us on the usual address.