Pool of Memories – Jenny Austin

‘Pool of Memories’ was a three year Heritage Lottery Funded project which documented the history of Moseley Road Baths, a Grade II* listed Edwardian Swimming Pool in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.  As well as being used for swimming, the building houses washing baths and an old laundry and it was also a popular dance hall in the Winter months.

Rachel ran nine projects in local schools where school pupils were taught how to conduct filmed oral history interviews.  The results were a series of films which have been added to the ‘Pool of Memories’ archive.  The interviews also formed the basis of a Theatre in Education touring piece, an exhibition and a published book.

Untold Stories: Birmingham’s Wounded Soldiers from WW1

A short film documenting the People’s Heritage Co-operative’s ‘Untold Stories: Birmingham’s Wounded Soldiers from WW1’ project.

The project involved archival research into Birmingham’s hospitals, places such as Highbury Hall, the University of Birmingham and local schools which were transformed into hospitals to deal with the huge number of casualties. PHC also ran a series of workshops, designed to support people doing research into wounded soldiers and bring unusual archives to light. In addition, pupils from Swanshurst School learnt how to record Oral History interviews on camera. They interviewed a number of war veterans about their received memories of their parents and grandparents during the school’s Veterans Day event.