Just a quick post about some interesting work going on in Handsworth. I’m going to quote at some length from a Be Birmingham news release:
Local residents took part in a variety of free, family fun activities on Friday 20th August .
There was a health zone with information on healthy living; a make up artist gave demonstrations of horrible diseases and there was a chance to find out about 19th Century lotion and potions.
The project was organised by Be Birmingham’s neighbourhood manager for Handsworth Tracey Thorne, and was delivered in partnership with Government regeneration agency Urban Living.
Tracey Thorne said: “This event has provided local residents with healthy living information and has given them an opportunity to share experiences with health researchers about what they think health has been like in the area since the 19th century to present date.”
Also supported by English Heritage and Soho House, the event is part of a wider Handsworth Health & Heritage project which involves a number of volunteer researchers who are creating a history timeline that documents health in Handsworth since the 19th Century. An exhibition of their findings will be launched in the autumn.
Tracey previewed the event here. It’ll be fascinating to see how this evolves.