Next Evening Talk

backtobacks1The next meeting in our evening talks programme will be on Thursday 16th March 2017 at  7.30 pm , when  Pat Franklin, who is a guide at the Back to Backs National Trust properties in Birmingham city centre will speak on the subject “Behind the Back to Backs”.


The talk will cover the history of the houses in Inge Street and Hurst Street and surrounding area, together with the lives of the inhabitants, in the last surviving example of Back to Back housing in Birmingham. 

As usual, the meeting will take place at 7.30 at Moseley Exchange, all are welcome and refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting.

Recent Acquisition

We have received a donation of bills and receipts from the 1940s-1960s for shops in Moseley and Kings Heath which belonged to Margaret Gilbert of School Road and which shed interesting insights on the period. For example there are many bills/receipts for George J Mason Ltd., Grocers & Provisions, a shop many of you might remember.

Along with these we have been given a Book of the Minutes of the National Council for Women Birmingham Branch for 1945-6 to 1954 which also contains lists of Officers of the Council.

We have catalogued these items, but we are looking for someone interested in doing some further research on them.

New Email Address

Please note that the Moseley Society History Group has a new email address –
This is the address which you should use in future for all email correspondence.  However we have also set up email forwarding on our old Moseley Exchange address, so that any email sent there will be automatically forwarded to our new address.

Recent Additions to the website

New – The History Group has recently received a very interesting donation of Britannic Assurance house magazines from 1930 to 1997 from Reg Monk who worked there for many years.  Click here to read his memories of the time he spent there. The magazines contain fascinating articles about the history of Britannic Assurance, its purchase of the Moor Green estate as a recreational and sporting facility and the building of its new Chief Office on the site, which together provide an illuminating insight into the life and times of the company and the people who worked for it.  A summary of the articles on Moor Green House and Estate, the site of Britannic Assurance and the building of the new Chief Office,  ‘Britannic Magazines: Moor Green House and Estate’, can be read here. For further information see the new Britannic Assurance Magazines web page.

Updated ArticleAn updated version of the Moseley Businesses & Ghost Signs walk is now available to view on the website.  The article includes details of the newly revealed ghost sign for Shufflebotham’s in Woodbridge Road and the ghost signs for the Birmingham Municipal Bank above Select & Save in Alcester Road.  The article has been written as a self-guided walk, which you can download,  print and follow yourself and is based on a walk that took place at the Moseley Festival Street Fair on Saturday 2nd July 2016.  For this and other walks see the Historical Walks around Moseley page.

New – Articles have now been added to the website about all 33 men from Moseley commemorated on the St Mary’s War Memorial as killed in action in 1916, in most cases at the Battle of the Somme.  The most recently added articles are on Gunner Griffiths, Private Machin, Private Wheeler and Sergeant Ponsford.  To access the full list of articles (which have now been reorganised into chronological sequence of death) visit the WW1 project page on men killed in 1916.

New– When she left Moseley in in 2016 Verity Montague-Smith kindly donated further items for our Collection,  including several interesting family photographs and memorabilia. Click HERE for more details.

The History of Moor Green Allotments web page provides a link to the official booklet on the history of the allotments, a timeline and web articles showing how allotments developed over the past 250 years, together with an account of the 40th Anniversary Celebration Show at Moor Green Allotments on  3rd September with the Lord Mayor as guest of honour.

Blood’s Map of Birmingham and its Environs (1857) is now available to be viewed on this website.    See the Brief History of Moseley page.


The Moseley Society has an active and enthusiastic History Group which carries out research on local history topics and organises talks, walks and visits to spread awareness of Moseley’s history and encourage community participation.  To find out more or to join our group, click here.  To contact us, send an email to Click here to see details of the Local History Group’s Collection.

To view the complete Programme of History Group evening talks for 2016 – 2017, click here. All talks start at  7.30 and take place in the Orange Room at the Moseley Exchange, Alcester Road (behind the Post Office).

 The History Group is currently running a project on World War 1 and has just finished another on the history of the Moor Green Allotments.  If you would like to join in or read more about our Projects  click here.

The Birmingham Historic Landscape project is an online source that provides a dynamic representation of how land use in Birmingham has changed over the centuries, overlaying historic maps on to the present day street pattern.  For further information see a presentation on Mapping Birmingham’s Historic Landscape from our evening talk on Tuesday 6th October and   Brief Instructions on how to use Birmingham Historic Landscape mapping system.  You can  access the Birmingham City Council Historic Landscape Characterisation web page (with links to all the mapping pages) by clicking here.


The History of Moseley

Between 1850 and 1910 Moseley developed from a rural village centred around Moseley Hall and St Mary’s Church into a fashionable suburb with fine Victorian houses, many built in the arts and crafts style.  To read more see a Brief History of Moseley.

Articles on Moseley and its history have been organised under three pages:  Buildings and Businesses, Moseley People and Moseley Life and Memories.  Click to read more.