Do you remember the cinema on Bristol Road before the drive-in restaurant? And before the cinema? Who lived in these streets? Suffragettes? Anti-slavery campaigners? Who else?
Do you remember the back to back houses on these streets?
Do you remember the tower blocks and maisonettes of Woodview and Lee Bank estates built in the 1960s and demolished in 2006?
In a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of its All Our Stories programme, Secret City Arts is exploring memories and history in a few streets around Woodview and Lee Bank, Edgbaston. Local people are sharing their memories of this place and what happened here, on this ground.
Together, we are researching these questions, exploring, capturing, recording and re-telling the hidden history and living stories of these streets.
We’ll use our discoveries to create a walking trail and history map. When it’s all complete, we’ll celebrate the project with a grand procession along the trail, a film and audio piece showing what we’ve made, and presentations by historian Chris Upton and the Archives department. Watch this space!