Welcome to Balsall Heath Local History Society

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  • Society members (above) at the 2013 Balsall Heath Carnival

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.

Our latest project is Diamond Balsall Heath which celebrates the last 60 years of the area's history through objects. A unique way of looking at history through things that have shaped our lives in small or big ways - from the lightbulb that switched on the world but only made it to Balsall Heath's homes in the 60s through to the public telephone box which was where so many used to make phone calls. We want to know what objects have shaped your life. Send us your memories by email today and we will include them in our newsletter.

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, 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 2013 meetings are on the meetings page.

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

Memory Lane

You are cordially invited to join the Birmingham History Theatre Company for the premiere of their forthcoming production "Memory Lane – An illustrated lecture on the life and times of Ladypool Road"

Please join us for a stroll down Memory Lane as it changes from rural country lane to bustling hub of the Balti Triangle.

Performance Dates

Friday, March 7th at 7.30 p.m.

Saturday, March 8th at 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

At St Paul’s School, Hertford St, Balsall Heath. B12 8NJ

Tickets are available from St Paul’s Trust Office, Hertford St, Balsall Heath at the bargain price of £5, concessions £3.

For further details call 0121 464 4376.

Looking Ahead

Our EVENTS page has been updated with our 2014 meetings programme. Have a look and do come along to some of them!


Our Facebook group - Balsall Heath Local History Society - continues to grow in numbers and  has a wide variety of pictures with some lovely comments and memories.