This website pulls together three years of work by the Friends of Moseley Road Baths to try and document the history of Moseley Road Baths. Use this website to explore area of the building currently closed to the public, browse through oral history recordings, download worksheets for the classroom and buy a copy of our beautifully illustrated book ‘Pool of Memories – A History of Moseley Road Baths’.
The project is good to remind people of Moseley Road Baths and the history about it. To remember what good things happen in our city. To tell everyone to get healthy and make everyone go swimming.School pupil (Conway School)
From late 2010 to February 2013 nine groups of pupils and staff from a number of local schools worked alongside local Community Film Maker, Rachel Gillies, to learn how to conduct oral history interviews using digital recording equipment. Using their new skills, pupils were supported to conduct interviews with members of the public who wish to share their memories of Moseley Road Baths. The groups then learnt how to edit the material they collected into short films.
The pupils involved in this project enhanced their understanding of the building and local social history, whilst developing new skills in interview techniques, using video and audio recording equipment and editing. The material they collected forms a valuable part of the Pool of Memories archive and will be used in other aspects of the project.
This detailed history of Moseley Road Baths, written by local historian Steve Beauchampé, brings together three years of research with oral histories and a stunning array of new and archive images to tell the story of the building.
The Play House ran a unique ‘Pool of Memories’ Theatre in Education programme in Spring 2012, bringing the history of Moseley Road Baths alive for over 700 local pupils! They developed a programme in part from material held in the project archive, and in part from a series of development drama workshops with schools.
The aim of the project was to use dynamic participatory theatre to explore the social, historical, architectural and personal significance of the Moseley Road Baths. Through using the oral histories collected through the wider ‘Pool of Memories’ project, they were able to give pupils a flavour of some of the characters and key historic events in the Baths’ (almost) 105 year history (you can read the full programme outline here). Participants were also invited to use the knowledge they had gained through the drama to debate and discuss what should happen to the building in the future.
The drama sessions have been complimented by an extensive online resource, which includes a section encouraging school staff to do a range of extension activities, tied in with the curriculum. These include researching the building’s history, conducting oral history interviews, interpreting photos and letter writing.
We have developed a range of resources that will be made freely available to schools and community groups in the area. They include:
- An exhibition consisting of 10 roller banners exploring the history of the building thematically
- An interactive DVD including lots of filmed interviews with people discussing their memories of the building
- Worksheets to explore the building thematically. See our download page.
- A digital archive of audio recordings, photos and films
It will be available for the start of the 2013/14 school year. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.