New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Voices of the Old Print Works

Posted September 16th, 2013 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments


voicesopw_flyer_webYesterday a new exciting exhibition launched called Voices of The Old Print Works in Balsall Heath, opposite the magnificent Moseley Road Baths. It is the result of a small Heritage Lottery Fund grant which collected oral histories from people who worked at the Old Print Works. These histories will enter the Library of Birmingham’s archival collections and have also formed the basis of an exhibition which runs until 29 September. Details on the poster below. There are also Sunday workshops for you to enjoy.

The Voices of The Old Print Works project is a collaboration between Articurate and Make It Sustainable Ltd. They hope it is a great starting point for building a sustainable future for the factory – which will allow for the building to be properly preserved.

The Old Print Works is an imposing, intact Edwardian factory of architectural merit and listed grade II with many original features. Well worth a visit and the Ort Cafe which is based there is a very chilled community arts cafe; a mug of tea for about 50p (if I remember rightly!)

There is a cluster of beautiful Edwardian buildings along the Moseley Road in Balsall Heath, including the Baths, that with capital investment for repair and restoration would significantly improve and enhance the area. Do drop in and visit the exhibition; and if you haven’t been in Moseley Road Baths before either, then pop over the road to have a look. The Friends of Moseley Road Baths are actively campaigning against the Council’s decision to close the pool for swimming. It’s worrying what will happen to such an incredible historic building with no use.


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