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Moseley Road Baths

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Swimmers who’ve enjoyed taking the plunge at Birmingham’s Moseley Road Baths are being invited to come and share their memories at the launch of an oral history project next week – aimed at celebrating Britain’s oldest Grade II* listed pool.

The Baths were opened in 1907, and contain a slew of unique features including Britain’s only complete set of pre-war private washing (or ‘slipper’) baths, a three-sided spectator gallery and unique balconettes in the Gala Pool – not to mention what are believed to be the only surviving steam-heated drying racks in a British swimming baths, sited in the first floor laundry room.

So much for the architecture – now the experiences of pool users are being chronicled, thanks to a £48,000 Heritage Lottery grant, which will see a book produced alongside a DVD, exhibition and community play.

Project Co-ordinator Jen Austin said:The launch will offer people the opportunity to discover more about the project and how they can become involved with it.

“Moseley Road Baths has been a hub of the community for over a century and we particularly hope that members of local community groups will want to participate in Pool of Memories by helping us to collect and preserve its’ history, to build a detailed picture and valuable archive of this nationally important building and the people who both have - and continue to - use it.”

The smaller pool at Moseley Road is currently in use, but the Gala pool awaits refurbishment after being closed in 2003. Plans to fund the restoration with a private/public partnership – revealed on The Stirrer – received a cool response from campaigners.

The launch is at Balsall Heath Library, next door to Moseley Road Baths, on Wednesday, February 17th (3pm).

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