Friends of Moseley Road Baths Newsletter, October 2016


Watch Day, Sunday, October 30th 2016 10am-6pm 

Our final – and biggest – open day of 2016 will be the Watch Day, held to mark the Baths’ inclusion on the World Monuments Fund Watch List. It’s on Sunday, October 30th (the 109th anniversary of the Baths opening) from 10am-6pm.

There’ll be tours, a talk on historic baths, free swimming, water polo, live music and much more besides, including lots of birthday cake. Tours, lasting approximately one hour, take place throughout the day, but if you want to hear the talk (details below), book a one-hour free swimming session or if you fancy playing water polo, then advance booking is advised (although essential for water polo) and can be done as follows:  

Talk: Great Lengths – A Quick Dip into Britains Magnificent Pools by Simon Inglis, Played in Britain series editor, e-mail 

Free Swimming Sessions – Please choose from 2:45pm-3:45pm, or 4pm-5pm then e-mail 


Water Polo – Friends of MRB v Moseley Shoals 1:30pm-2:30pm, were still recruiting players so if you fancy a game, then e-mail us in advance on

Tours of the Baths: As usual, many parts of the building normally closed to the public will be accessible including the Slipper Baths, Laundry Room and Cold Water Storage Tank, the Boiler House (for the boilers, well/bore-hole and filtration tanks) and the fabulous Gala Pool. If you’ve never visited these parts of Moseley Road Baths then come along (and bring friends and family), it’s free and we’ll have visitors guides, information boards and a host of knowledgeable Friends volunteers on hand to help you understand the building’s history. In addition we’ll have a range of MRB memorabilia available for sale.

Simon Inglis talk begins at 4pm. Simon not only helped found the Friends, he is also is the editor of the Played in Britain series of books, co-author of Great Lengths, the Historic Indoor Pools of Britain and a world expert on the subject. Simon’s talk is illustrated and lasts around an hour.

There’ll also be lots of live music in the Gala Pool whilst Balsall Heath Local History Society, Balsall Heath WI, Balsall Heath is Our Planet, B13 Magazine, Kings Heath Local History Society, Moorpool Trust and the Victorian Society will have stalls allowing you to find out about the valuable work that they undertake in the community.

The results of an MRB poster competition held in conjunction with local schools will be announced, there’ll be some Edwardian-era games for children to play and we are hoping to find the earliest living user of the Baths. So if you know of anyone who used the Baths in the early 1930s (or even before that), let us know (e-mail: with the details and we’ll be in touch. In addition former Baths Department employee John Berill will be on hand once again o share his knowledge of how Moseley Road Baths’ plant and machinery works. Refreshments will be available throughout the day; we’ll have a temperance bar, allowing you to enjoy the kind of drinks that might have been available to Edwardian Brummies and of course there’ll be lots of birthday cake, as we celebrate Moseley Road Baths’ 109th birthday.

And to conclude proceedings, at 5:30pm local radio and television presenter, Adrian Goldberg, will attempt to set a new personal distance record for swimming in the pool.