Welcome to Balsall Heath Local History Society

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  • The magnificent  Baths and Library remain a proud feature of Balsall Heath

Our  image based collection is at Digital Balsall Heath . For hundreds of Balsall Heath images (and new ones added every week) go to Digital Balsall Heath. You can also find us on Facebook at Balsall Heath Local History Society.

Over the last 30 years the Society has grown from strength to strength and has a part-time Development Worker, Chris Sutton. We also have a Victorian Schoolroom and a Second World War Classroom, a fascinating range of publications, some interesting projects and active participation in local events such as Balsall Heath Carnival.

Our History Base at St Paul's Venture is open to visitors by appointment every monday or tuesday by prior booking. Either email chris.sutton@stpaulstrust.org.uk or ring 0121 464 1890 to arrange a visit.

Our monthly meetings are held at St Paul's Venture, Malvern St. off Clifton Road, Balsall Heath, on the last Thursday of most months. The 2015 meetings are on the meetings page.

Why not come along? Visitors and new members are always welcome. We make a small charge for visitors.

Heritage Open Days Weekend - 12th and 13th September

Come and visit the Victorian classroom, see our displays and artefacts and share your memories of the 2005 tornado!

Open from 11 till 4 on both days at our site on Clifton Road.

Heritage Open Days

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Canal walk "through time" in July


On Sunday 19th July we have a walk along the Birmingham to Worcester canal towpath. This is a historical drama trail with music and will be accompanied by a canal boat. We start at 11:30 in Worcester Wharf (outside the Mailbox waterfront) and arrive at 2:30 pm (or thereabouts) at Bournville Station. Bring a packed lunch as we will stop for a break around 1pm.

Places are limited so please get in touch to reserve a spot. Prices are being sorted out and I will update as soon as I know but you can reckon on around £5 a head.

When The Lamps Went Out

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The new play from the Theatre Company is on on May 8th ( 7:30)  and 9th (2:30 and 7:30). It is all about how a Balsall Heath family went through WW1 - a drama with music and film.

A Blue Plaque for Balsall Heath

On Monday, September 22nd a Blue Plaque was unveiled in honour of John Bowen,( 1844 to 1926), a renowned builder who had his works in George Street. The plaque is to be installed later this year at Ark Tindal School - built by Bowen.


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David Bradnock (Deputy Lord Lieutenant), Tim Watts (High Sheriff for West Midlands), Philip Bowen (High Sheriff Powys), and Michael Hogan (Worcestershire's High Sheriff) help launch a Blue plaque in honour of Victorian Birmingham builder John Bowen

The book "Honest John" by Anthony Collins can be bought for £5 plus postage from his website about John Bowen. This is a beautifully put together book and well worth picking up.