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Press release:

To mark Moseley Road Baths’ recent inclusion on the *World Monuments Fund Watch List as well as the building’s 108th birthday, the Friends of Moseley Road Baths are holding an Open Day on Saturday, October 31st 2015 from 10am-4pm.

Moseley Road Baths Open Day gives the public a chance to learn about the history of this threatened Grade II* listed building, with access to normally closed areas such as the gala pool, private washing bath departments, laundry room and cold-water storage tank, as well as the boiler and filtration rooms. A highlight of the day comes at 2pm with a re-enactment of the opening ceremony following which Edwardian-period musical entertainment will be provided in the tea room and birthday cake partaken. Later, at 3pm, members of the general public who so wish may undertake a guided tour of the building. For those unable to attend the re-enactment, additional guided tours will take place at 11pm, noon and 1pm and pre-booking is advised.

Entrance to Moseley Road Baths Open Day is free, and refreshments will be available in return for a small donation to the Friends of Moseley Road Baths. Additionally, Pool of Memories, the Friends’ book on the history of the baths, will be on sale for £10.

Please note that Pool 2 will be open for public swimming throughout the day and those who have never previously swum at Moseley Road Baths are especially welcome to come along and enjoy a dip in this historic Edwardian pool that Birmingham City Council currently intends to close at the end of 2016.

Moseley Road Baths is a local and national asset under threat of closure.

For further information or additional comment about Moseley Road Baths Open Day, please contact the Friends of Moseley Road Baths via Mr Mark Gunton: 07801 444 075 or Mrs Jennifer Austin: 07521 734 022

The Friends of Moseley Road Baths (FofMRB) was founded in November 2006 to promote the use and appreciation of the entire baths building and to campaign for the retention of swimming in both pools (the Gala Pool has been closed since 2003).

The group liaises with local Councillors, council officials and other interested organisations over the condition of the building, its long term future and ways of maximising pool usage.

Moseley Road Baths is the oldest of only two Grade II* Listed indoor swimming pools currently operating in Britain. Opened on October 30th 1907, it contains several rare or unique features, including:

  • The only complete set of pre-war private washing (or ‘slipper’) bath cubicles in Britain, 46 in all.
  • A three-sided spectator gallery and unique balconettes in the Gala Pool as well as original poolside arched glazed brick dressing boxes (another rare feature, shared only with Woodcock Street baths in Gosta Green).
  • The only surviving steam-heated drying racks, located in the first floor laundry room above which sits the 45,000 gallon capacity cast iron cold water storage tank.
  • The original filtration tanks, dating from the early 1930s.    

*Moseley Road Baths is one of two British sites recently included on the World Monuments Fund Watch List. The New York-based World Monuments Fund publish their bi-annual Watch List in order to focus attention on sites of architectural significance around the world that are under threat.