The Bournville Society programme for 2018 - 2019

Welcome to the new season for The Bournville Society

The Bournville Society is one of the most popular local history groups in south Birmingham with over 100 members.

It meets at Dame Elizabeth Hall, Firbank Close off Oak Tree Lane, Bournville B30 1UA.

Monthly, illustrated presentations by renowned speakers take place on the first Wednesday evening of the month, between October and May (excluding January) 7.30-9.00pm.

There is car parking on this site and disabled access. Visitors are most welcome to attend any talk.

For further information please contact Rosemary Shutt on 0121 458 2547.

The Society Programme for 2018 - 2019 continues as follows:


3rd October 2018: The Festival of Britain

Janice Andrews will describe the background to the 1951 event, the post-war politics and history leading up to it and its effects on Britain since - a ‘patchwork quilt’ of fascinating facts.

7th November 2018: The National Memorial Arboretum

Jim Brown describes the military and civilian ‘happenstance’ origins of the Arboretum and the stories behind some of the monuments.

5th December 2018: Boar’s Head to Bing Crosby, Christmas Songs

Dr Richard Churchley, musician & historical researcher, describes folklore and folk songs of the West Midlands.

6th February 2019: Black Country Museum

Don Shipman tells us about future plans for and other related topics including elements of the social, cultural and industrial history of the Black Country.

6th March 2019: Lightwoods House

Julia Morris brings to life the lovingly restored home of the home of the Adkins family. This local Grade II listed house, built in 1791 has been brought back to its former glory and is a high-quality venue for a wide range of community activities and private events.

3rd April 2019: Stirchley Baths

Phil Banting, secretary of the Stirchley History Group, is giving a talk on the history of these local baths and the recent redevelopment and links with the Cadbury family.

1st May 2019: Jewellery Quarter

Rupert Fisher, who has worked with Birmingham Museums for many years, describes the work of the Jewellery Quarter Museum and aspects of the wider Jewellery Quarter.

1st June 2019: One day visit to Port Sunlight

One day visit to Port Sunlight

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