The ‘Birmingham Friends of the Earth at 40’ project culminates this weekend with events to coincide with the annual Birmingham Heritage Week. As part of the celebrations, I will be screening my film ‘Birmingham Friends of the Earth: Then and Now – 40 Years at the Warehouse’.
Birmingham Friends of the Earth will be giving tours on 15th and 16th September of the newly refurbished Warehouse building, which they took lease of way back in 1977. The building has seen many changes in that time, and it is apparent from our project that the walls hold many stories!
You can delve into some of this history through coming along to view the film at 2:30pm on both days. The film has been created using archive photos, old campaign literature and volunteer led oral history interviews. It gives a fascinating insight into the evolution of the building – from paper recycling depot to a space for campaigns groups to meet, a home for a myriad of small businesses and now a modern and slick meeting space for thinkers, makers and doers involved in environmental issues. As well as stories about BFoE’s work, there are also stories about the formation of Push Bikes cycling campaign and the Urban Wildlife Group, the forerunners of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country.
Alongside the screening will be the launch of a beautiful booklet, designed by Shannon Lattin, which has been produced as part of the project. It covers the story of the building from 1977 to the current day. It is packed with interviews, photos and information about the many different elements of the work conducted in the building. Do make sure that you grab a copy!
For more information go to the Birmingham Heritage Week website.