• Represent exhibition launch

    On 6th October we welcomed our first visitors to the launch of our new exhibition, Represent, in the grandeur of the Gala Pool at Moseley Road Baths. Project workers, supporters and partners were invited to an informal launch to get a first look at the exhibition, the culmination of almost three years of research and community engagement. The event also allowed us to reveal and share our new 20 page Learning Guide. It was the first time that the banner created by the Monday morning coffee group at Edgbaston Community Centre had been seen by the public and the first time that banners created by Saheli Hub had been raised…

  • Visit the Represent Exhibition at Moseley Road Baths

    The People’s Heritage Co-operative are delighted to welcome you to our new exhibition which delves into the period following the Representation of the People Act 1918, exploring issues around political representation and organisation & parallels today. It features banners created by community participants alongside stories of how people have historically made change in their communities, in our city and farther afield. Where? – Gala Pool, Moseley Road Baths, Balsall Heath B12 9BX When? – 7th October – 24th December during regular pool opening hours. Please see the Moseley Road Baths website for details, but please note that sessions are subject to change. Tell me more – Contact Rachel on rachel@peoplesheritagecoop.uk…

  • In Darkest Birmingham – housing and overcrowding in post WW1 Birmingham

    Health inequalities, job insecurities and working conditions, overcrowding and poor quality housing, educational attainment, access to open spaces and pollution – these are all subheadings I could include in an article about the disparities in Britain (& the rest of the world) highlighted by Covid19. But I’ve actually been looking at housing conditions and their ramifications in post-WW1 Birmingham. Plus ca change…..

  • Just a Soldier’s Wife?

    Margery Corbett Ashby was the first female candidate to stand in a Parliamentary Election in Birmingham. Rachel Gillies reflects on her achievements and how both the press and voters responded to her campaign.

  • Poppy Broach on green jumper

    A day of Remembrance

    This morning during our workshop at Edgbaston Community Centre, we observed a silence at 11am for Remembrance Day. It is 101 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War One, but also 101 years since those who were so affected by that war were first able to use their vote in the December 1918 General Election. Prior to the war, only 2 in 5 men were able to vote – young men under 30 and working class men were excluded. So many were asked to shed their blood, but not to decide who governed them, who sent them to the battlefields, or who would make important decisions about…

  • On the lookout for Artists

    The People’s Heritage Co-operative and our community partners are seeking Artists to support their community heritage project, ‘Represent’.

  • Campaigner, Reporter, Broadcaster – the life of Mrs. Carol Ring

    Many individuals who were active in the campaign for women to gain the vote were incredibly dynamic women who were pioneers in a variety of fields. Historian Alison Smith has traced one such individual. We're very pleased to share the remarkable story of Mrs. Carol Ring.