Birmingham Heritage Week

Birmingham Heritage Week took place this year between the 9th and 19th September, which was a bit of a misnomer as it actually lasted for 11 days!

Heritage Week gave the people in the region the chance to explore parts of the city they might not normally get to experience.

Some of the venues that opened their doors were Aston Hall, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Blakesley Hall, Selly Manor Museum, Highbury Hall, Woodcock Street and Moseley Road Baths, and St. Mary’s College Oscott, to name but a few.

On Saturday, the 18th September, it was the turn of Holy Trinity Parish Church, Sutton Coldfield.  The event was opened at 11.00a.m. by John Routh, the Rector of Holy Trinity Parish Church, our local M.P. Andrew Mitchell and Councillor Terry Wood, the incumbant Lord Mayor of Sutton Coldfield.

Numerous stalls and displays were set up for viewing by visitors, amongst them being FOLIO (Friends of Libraries in our Sutton Coldfield.), the Civic Society and FOSPA (Friends of Sutton Park Association).

The Sutton Coldfield Local History Research Group had displays based upon themes such as the Riland Family by Eileen Donohoe, Duncumb’s Recipe Book from the 1800’s by Janet Jordan and the Memorials and Gravestones of Holy Trinity Parish Church by Marian Baxter.

Pete Knight, our Sales Co-Ordinator, had a sales table with all the Group’s publications and, by all accounts, he did a ‘roaring trade’.

The following photographs were taken at the time:-

  1. Official opening ceremony with the Lord Mayor of Sutton Coldfield and Andrew Mitchell, M.P. for Sutton Coldfield.
  2. Setting up the SCLHRG display with Eileen Donohoe and Janet Jordan in attendance.
  3. The Lord Mayor of Sutton Coldfield, Councillor Terry Wood.
  4. Local M.P. Andrew Mitchell visiting the SCLHRG display, with Pete Knight.
  5. The SCLHRG team on the day with, left to right, Eileen Donohoe, Janet Jordan, Pete Knight and Marian Baxter.

Keith Jordan

19th September, 2021