The Society has an active and enthusiastic History Group which carries out research on local history topics and organises talks, walks and visits. The Group has built up an extensive Collection of archived and catalogued documents, photographs and artefacts relating to Moseley’s history, which are used in our research. For more details, visit the About the History Group page and the Moseley History Collection page. To contact us send an email to our new email address – email@example.com. (Please use this new address in future although any mail sent to our old Exchange address will be temporarily forwarded on.) There are many opportunities for further interesting research and we welcome new volunteers. To find out more or to join our group, click here.
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.
Recent Additions to the website
New – The booklet ‘Some Moseley Personalities Volume I’ has now been added to the website, providing biographical sketches of twelve former Moseley residents who achieved national or local prominence. To read these articles visit the Moseley People page.
New – Four additional articles have been uploaded about men from Moseley who were killed in World War I in 1917 and are commemorated on the St Mary’s War Memorial (Lamplugh, Horton, Betts and Pearce). Click here to visit the web page on men killed in 1917.
New – A collection of articles about the interesting exploits of the Frazier brothers in WW1 is now available. Click to view.
New – The History Group’s Library catalogue lists a number books and pamphlets held in the Collection, which are available to be viewed on borrowed on request. Thanks are due to Jim Hone who donated a number of books on World War I (see catalogue). The Group would be very grateful to receive any further donations to the Collection.
New -An article on Roy Thomas, power station engineer, senior member of the Methodist Church and secretary of Moseley Local History group, who died in January 2017.Recent Acquisition -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 Article – An 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.
To see the Moseley Society Programme 2016 – 2017 (including History Group talks) click here. A new Programme is currently being prepared for 2017-2018.
The History Group is currently running a project on World War 1 and recently finished another on the history of the Moor Green Allotments. If you would like to join in or read more, visit our Projects page.
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 available to be viewed on the Brief History of Moseley page.
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.