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: