Thanks so much to everyone who came to the launch of Margaret Braithwaite’s exhibition of oil paintings of Moseley Road Baths. It was clear from the event how passionate people are about the building and what fond memories they have of swimming there. The exhibition is on at the beautiful Birmingham and Midland Institute on Margaret Street for the next couple of weeks.
Jen and I went onto Carl Chinn’s show on Radio WM yesterday to discuss the exhibition and some of the work we’re currently doing through the Pool of Memories project. You can listen again on the BBC iPlayer until the 13th February at http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/p00dtv0m/, we are on from 47:20 for about 10 minutes.
Local artist Margaret Braithwaite has a long association with Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath.
Her youngest son learnt to swim there in the 1980s and her admiration for this beautiful pool, a Grade 2* listed building, prompted her to create a set of paintings which will be on display at the Birmingham and Midland Institute during the month of February.
Margaret says: “I wanted to show the wonderful light coming through the big windows, and to capture the life that goes on there. The Pool is in dire need of repair. It is a crucial part of Balsall Heath providing swimming tuition for many schools, and I hope it will be brought back to its former glory. My contribution towards its future is this set of paintings.”
The Friends of Moseley Road Baths are supporting the exhibition, as part of “Pool of Memories”, a Heritage Lottery funded project working with local schools and pool users past and present to record the history of this much-loved building.
Moseley Road Baths is currently closed for urgent structural repairs.
Tuesday February 1st 2011 at 7pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham
The paintings will then be on view during the usual Institute opening hours (Monday to Friday 9 – 5)
Do you have memories to share of swimming at the Pool, particularly during the 1980’s? You can leave details on memory forms available at the Institute, or contact:
Jenny Austin, Pool of Memories Project Co-ordinator, 07521734022. email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website www.poolofmemories.co.uk