The Friends of Moseley Road Baths are active in celebrating the heritage of the building. We hold regular tours for the public, encourage use of the building for arts events, photography and film shoots.
In 2010 we received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for our Pool of Memories project. This allowed us to work within the community to collect the Oral Histories of people who swam, worked or bathed in the building. We turned these important stories into short films, a book, a Theatre in Education project spearheaded by The Play House, a website and a roller banner exhibition, which can still be viewed at Moseley Road Baths during normal opening hours.
Watch a selection of oral history films, produced by local school pupils alongside Rachel Gillies – Community Film Maker, as part of the ‘Pool of Memories’ project. These are available on DVD for educational projects – contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy.
Listen to swimmers and staff relate their memories of the building over the years.
Read more about the history of the building by diving into this beautiful book, documenting the building’s history. ‘Pool of Memories – A History of Moseley Road Baths’ tells the 105-year old story of Birmingham’s Grade II* Moseley Road Swimming Baths in Balsall Heath. Author Steve Beauchampé has brought together over three years of research and interviews to produce a 152 page, comprehensive account of the building’s history.
The Pool of Memories book helps preserve the stories of those who have swum, socialised, washed or worked there, providing a valuable archive of this nationally important building and its rôle in Birmingham’s history.
It costs £15.00 inc P&P, or you can buy it at the discounted rate of £12.00 if you can collect the book directly from Moseley Road Baths. Choose one of the options below.
Explore the building
You can visit the building during normal opening hours and view our roller banner exhibition which explores aspects of the building’s history. We hold open days a few times a year where we give tours of the building – subscribe to our mailing list to keep updated on our events.
We also recommend viewing images of the building on our Instagram account. Instagram users can also view some of the fantastic images that have been posted up using the #keepswimmingmrb and #moseleyroadbaths hashtags. Don’t forget to add your own images and tag them!
Alongside these resources, we have developed a selection of worksheets to allow pupils to explore the heritage of the building and the history of the local area in more depth. If you are interested in using these resources in your school, then please do get in touch with the Friends of Moseley Road Baths to see what we can offer.