• Exploring Edgbaston through Archives and Art

    The Monday Morning Coffee Group at Edgbaston Community Centre have been working with Artist Carolyn Morton to creatively ‘Represent’ their ideas surrounding the impact of gaining, and using the vote, 100 years on. University of Birmingham student intern, Sophie Brenner writes about their journey over the past few months. Back in September, the Represent project staff worked with community participants to develop a brief for an Artist commission. From a number of applicants, the groups picked the Artist whose work they liked best, and who they felt would best deliver their hopes for a creative project. Carolyn started by focusing the group’s attention on whether the group would have gained…

  • Where’s Your Vote? at Saheli Hub

    Saheli Hub at Handsworth Wellbeing Centre, have been working with Artist Jo Löki to creatively 'Represent' their ideas surrounding the impact of gaining, and using the vote, 100 years on.

  • Creative Writing Workshop

    On Saturday 23rd November, the People’s Heritage Co-operative held a Creative Writing workshop at the Library of Birmingham, with historical novelist and biographer, Fiona Joseph. Birmingham Archives and Collections Manager, Corinna Rayner, points out some materials for inspiration. The Represent project is dedicated to engaging in creative, artistic ways of exploring the impact of gaining and using the vote, from 1918 onwards. Inviting the brilliant Fiona Joseph to lead a creative writing workshop provided a great opportunity for members of the community interested in exploring and representing archival material in innovative, exciting ways.  The material that Fiona, Archives and Collections Manager Corinna Rayner, and the People’s Heritage Co-operative, had selected,…

  • The group in front of a banner reading 'Women Workers'

    Black Country Living Museum Visit

    On the 23rd of October, the People’s Heritage Co-operative, along with members of Edgbaston Community Group, and Saheli Hub, visited the Black Country Living Museum, to further explore some of the themes discussed in previous sessions. As a new intern to the People’s Heritage Co-operative, it was great to meet the members of both community groups and get to know a bit about them, their ideas about various aspects of both their own heritage, and that of the city, as well as their hopes for the future of the project. Participants expressed the value of trips the organisation arranges, allowing them to keep busy, expand and discuss their knowledge, and…