Preview Wednesday evening, 25th November, 6.30 onwards. See poster here.
Stirchley Baths, saved and restored as a new community hub in Selly Oak District, is a Grade II listed building. Built in 1910, closed to the public since 1988, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet approved plans to transform the building into a community hub in 2012. It ‘re-emerges’ with a community hall, meeting rooms, cinema space, café and training rooms.
The money for the renovation and refurbishment came primarily from the sale of the former Stirchley Community Centre site and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Local people have been involved throughout the process, in fundraising and applying for the successful Heritage Lottery grant, in the design of the new centre and in outreach via social media, including a Stirchley Baths blog.
The history of Stirchley Baths will be celebrated and interpreted through an exciting three year programme of community activity. There will be a heritage volunteer programme, events, exhibitions, talks, tours and educational programmes at the community hub.
‘Our history’ information boards are placed at various points in the area. This one can be seen on one of the walls of the Hub:
During this first year activities will include the development of a new Stirchley History Group, hard hat tours and artist commissions. There will be a live music and arts event as part of Birmingham’s Heritage Week in September, a wartime Christmas Dance and a competition to design a new key to open the building, which will go alongside the original key donated by Cadburys in 1911.
Stirchley groups who will use the hub include established leisure, arts and crafts groups, heritage initiatives, film nights and the monthly Stirchley community market.
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