Moseley School of Art is one of of the 10 most endangered Victorian Buildings in England and Wales
The BBC reports today that the Former Moseley School of Art is on the Victorian Societies list of the 10 most endangered Victorian buildings in England and Wales.
The BBC says:
The list of 10 was drawn up using nominations from members of the public.
Dr Ian Dungavell, director of the Victorian Society, said: “Our heritage is a finite resource and once historic buildings like this are gone they cannot be replaced.”
Also on the list is a boarded-up former orphanage in Liverpool, designed by Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse and built in the 1870s, and a former Unitarian chapel on Upper Brook Street in Manchester.
The College of Art on the Moseley Road in Balsall Heath is Grade II*. It was opened in 1900 and stopped being used as a school in 1975.
There has been a great deal of interest in the concentration of Listed building on Moseley Road, including Nicky Getgood’s concern for some Georgian homes, Terry Grimley’s Birmingham Post piece on the 50 bus route
This stretch of a mile or so contains a remarkable number of distinguished architectural survivals, starting with the huge former Moseley tram depot on the corner of Trafalgar Road and ending with the Friends’ Institute, recently the subject of a rescue campaign after it was revealed that the council’s Hall Green Constituency Committee was seeking to offload it.
- Hammerton School, Ouseburn Road, Darnall, Sheffield
- Grimsby’s former ice factory, Gorton Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire
- Wedgwood Institute, Queen Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent
- Bradgate House Stables, Bradgate Hill, Groby, Leicestershire
- Royal Liverpool Seamen’s Orphanage, Newsham Park, Tuebrook, Liverpool
- 30 Euston Square, London
- The Unitarian Chapel, Upper Brook Street, Manchester
- Old Fire Station, Court Road, Barry, South Wales
- Normansfield Hospital, Kingston Road, Teddington, Greater London
- Former Moseley School of Art, Moseley Road, Birmingham
Kevin Florey May 18, 2015
Proud to say I am a former pupil . In fact my year group was the last intake of msa, 1975 was the year new intakes stopped but all of us who started up to 1974 progressed through the school benefitting from all of the normal art school curriculum .. The school population simply decreased until the final year group finished in 1979. It was still a great school to go to and I have many fond memories
Such a shame to see this great old building in its current state and criminal that the council have never taken enforcement action against the owners of this listed building . Shame on you Birmingham city council !,
david powell May 13, 2015
Allways proud to say i went there
Anthony Williams August 5, 2012
I am an ex-pupil of Moseley School of Art, leaving in 1961, and have great memories of the school and the students who went there. To comemorate the school the boys and girls of 1961 who can be traced after 50 years are staging an art exhibition at Hanbury Hall, Driotwich Spa on the 8th to 20th September 2012. It goes without saying that we believe that this building should be preserved.
Josie Mason March 24, 2011
To let this biulding go to ruins is the way things seem to go if it gets in the way of the new faceless plans,What are they doing with the baths?
Neil Lewis March 17, 2011
Such sad news. I’ve always regarded this as one of the most beautiful buildings in Birmingham, and after visiting the baths over the raod last year on a Flicr meet, I got to see it close up. What a wonderful place, going to ruin.
Are there any plans to open it up for the pulic to photograph? If so I’d love to be involved!!
John Crump February 20, 2011
Went to school there pate 40s early 50s, many happy memories,The curch next door I think burnt down and was rebuilt,Used the baths across the street,
Pauline December 7, 2014
Hi john … are you on our MSA site? Moseley school of art … I’ve looked for your name but can’t see you there ? How about joining us if you’re not ???
Digbeth is Good » Getgood Link: Moseley School of Art is one of of the 10 most endangered Victorian Buildings in England and Wales | Birmingham Conservation Trust October 15, 2010
[…] Moseley School of Art is one of of the 10 most endangered Victorian Buildings in England and Wales |… – More Moseley Road woes. The BBC reported that the Former Moseley School of Art (opposite Moseley Road Baths in Balsal Heath) is on the Victorian Societies list of the 10 most endangered Victorian buildings in England and Wales. The list was drawn up using nominations from members of the public. Be sure to look hard out of the window next time you catch the 50 bus – the buildings you pass along the way may not be there for long. […]
Barnard October 11, 2010
This story is also covered on the Moseley Road Preservation Facebook Group
And the Son of the Stirrer Forum “ReStirred”
Julia Larden October 11, 2010
I’m very sad to read this. I have never been inside the building, but it is a big part of my family history. My mother was there in the last nineteen-twenties and early thirties and used to talk about it a lot – she loved the school, and told lively stories about individual teachers. I think the school must have been an exciting place to be. It was -co-ed (boys and girls) which was unusual for a ‘selective’ school in those days. In addition to what sounded like a comprehensive programme of painting, drawing etc they also did subjects like Art History and History of Architecture – still unusual today in a school, I would imagine. My mother always had a chip on her shoulder because there was no room on the syllabus for French … I would far rather have done Art History! My mother later went on to teach Art. There was a sort of family Art teaching mafia in Brum at one point and a couple of relatives also, later, taught at Moseley Road Junior School of Art (That is the expression they always used.) There is a rather nice Moseley Road sports cup in BMAG which we photographed not all that long ago.