Newsletter from the History Group

The following articles report on some of the recent activities of the History Group.  Click on the article to read more.

On 14th October, the Group organised a repeat visit to the King Edward’s School WW1 exhibition to see their updated display focussing on the Battle of the Somme and the 52 Old Edwardians who were killed there. For those who missed the visit the article gives dates when the exhibition is open to the public by prior appointment.

On 13th November there was an  Armistice Day Commemoration at Brandwood End Cemetery to remember in particular those who died in the Somme campaign, including 2nd Lt Alabaster who is commemorated on the St Mary’s memorial.

The Group recently heard of an interesting  photograph of 2nd Lt William Furse in a photoframe , discovered by visitors from America, who intend to donate it to the Group when they visit the UK next year.

Programme of History Group evening talks for 2016-2017

Evening talks organised by the History Group will take place on the following dates, all starting at 7.30 in the Orange Room at Moseley Exchange, Alcester Road (behind the Post Office).  Most of the talks are scheduled for Tuesdays but those highlighted in bold will take place on Thursdays as part of the main Moseley Society Programme 2016-2017 (click to view).

Tuesday 4 October 2016 Jim Andrew Sarehole Mill & its water supply
Thursday 17 November 2016 Andrew Hamilton Where are the Boys? The First Day of the Battle of the Somme
Tuesday 6 December 2016 History Group The History of Allotments , with reference to Moor Green
Tuesday 7 February 2017 History Group WW1 Project
Thursday 23 February 2017 Stephen Hartland Birmingham Statues
Tueday 7 March 2017 David Moore Symbolism in Victorian Cemeteries
Thursday 20 April 2017 Mary Harding


Comic & Novelty Postcards of Birmingham
Tuesday 2 May 2017  Doug Smith Smith’s, Dissenters and the occasional murder:  Birmingham 1660-1751

A report on the visit to the National Memorial Arboretum  at Alrewas in June2016 and other recent activities of the History Group can be viewed here (click to read).


St Mary’s Churchyard Project

The St Mary’’s Churchyard Heritage and Access Project is carrying out a survey of the memorials in St Mary’s churchyard, recording findings and investigating family histories.  If you are interested in joining the project, contact Becky Greenhill, Project Manager or the church office on 0121 449 2243.  Project newsletters are available to download from the Benefice website at .

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