Help for Hedgehogs

Join the Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery, The Wildllife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, Birmingham City Council Park Rangers and pupils from St Albans RC Primary School and Woodthorpe Primary School as they give ‘Help for Hedgehogs’!

This short film was made by pupils at both schools, alongside Rachel Gillies – Community Film Maker. It is packed with information about how YOU can help encourage hedgehogs into your own garden and neighbourhood. Hedgehog numbers have declined dramatically in the past 50 years – unless communities take urgent action we may witness their terminal decline in our lifetime.

This project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and has taken place between August 2016 and July 2017.

Untold Stories: Lauren Taylor – Relative enlisted from Hartlepool

As part of The People’s Heritage Co-operative’s HLF funded project, ‘Untold Stories: Birmingham’s Wounded Soldiers from WW1’, Year 8 pupils at Swanshurst School took part in a series of workshops with Rachel Gillies – Community Film Maker to learn how to conduct filmed oral history interviews.  The result of their hard work is 11 remarkable interviews with a range of people discussing their own experiences and the experiences of relatives in some of the major conflicts of the 20th Century. From shelling in the trenches of The Somme to the shelling of Hartlepool, patrolling the Suez Canal to holding the line in Korea, back to the UK to the aftermath of conflict in people’s daily lives, including the reality of medical care, the interviews are eye-opening and frank.

Untold Stories: Lt. Col. Steve Jeffery – Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon

As part of The People’s Heritage Co-operative’s HLF funded project, ‘Untold Stories: Birmingham’s Wounded Soldiers from WW1’, Year 8 pupils at Swanshurst School took part in a series of workshops with Rachel Gillies – Community Film Maker to learn how to conduct filmed oral history interviews.  The result of their hard work is 11 remarkable interviews with a range of people discussing their own experiences and the experiences of relatives in some of the major conflicts of the 20th Century. From shelling in the trenches of The Somme to the shelling of Hartlepool, patrolling the Suez Canal to holding the line in Korea, back to the UK to the aftermath of conflict in people’s daily lives, including the reality of medical care, the interviews are eye-opening and frank.

Untold Stories: Gordon Duggins – Korean War Veteran

As part of The People’s Heritage Co-operative’s HLF funded project, ‘Untold Stories: Birmingham’s Wounded Soldiers from WW1’, Year 8 pupils at Swanshurst School took part in a series of workshops with Rachel Gillies – Community Film Maker to learn how to conduct filmed oral history interviews.  The result of their hard work is 11 remarkable interviews with a range of people discussing their own experiences and the experiences of relatives in some of the major conflicts of the 20th Century. From shelling in the trenches of The Somme to the shelling of Hartlepool, patrolling the Suez Canal to holding the line in Korea, back to the UK to the aftermath of conflict in people’s daily lives, including the reality of medical care, the interviews are eye-opening and frank.

Pool of Memories – Viv Harrison

‘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.

Monoxide Mole Investigates

A film created by Yr 5 and Yr 6 pupils at Park Hill Primary School about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning… and what you can do to prevent it.

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.