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The Local History Group continually works on a number of projects, some of which are listed below.

Wintersloe  School

An article on the history of Wintersloe School has been written by Jan Berry and Jan Stewart (Click to read). We are fortunate to have in our ‘Collection’ a range of materials from Wintersloe School donated to us by a past member of the History Group and a pupil at the school, George Sproston, which include:

  • Wintersloe School Theatrical Productions programmes, which cover 1918-1930 (C2/D3/F3/1-29).
  • Wintersloe School Sports Programmes, 1923-1925 (C2/D3/F4/1-3)
  • Letters concerning The SH Fisher Memorial Fund set up to honour Mr Fisher, Wintersloe’s headteacher. Mr Fisher was the head teacher at Wintersloe for many years and the fund provided the Lych Gate for St Mary’s Church, Moseley (C2/D3/F5/1-2).
  • Photographs of Staff and Pupils (C2/D3/F8/1-3).
  • A. G. Sproston’s exercise books of playscripts for the theatrical productions (C2/D3/F10/1-4)
  • Wintersloe School Magazines (C2/D3/F9/1-19). These Magazines cover XLIX 1911 to LXVII 1931 and offer a fascinating insight into the life of the school and include school news, walks, sports, visits, exhibitions, Bonfire Night, carpentering, training, exam results, athletics, pupils coming in and those leaving and reviews of theatrical productions.

We are using these materials, particularly the magazines to look at life in a private school in Moseley and the impact of events on school life, such as WWI and the school’s impact on Moseley.

Can you help with this research?   Do you know anyone who went to the school?

If you are interested in helping or contributing, please get in touch via email to: .  We always welcome anyone with an interest.

Jan Berry

 Britannic Assurance / Moor Green House

A large collection of Britannic Assurance in-house magazines was recently kindly donated to us by Reg Monk.  These magazines give fascinating insights into the life and times of the company and contain very interesting articles on Moor Green House and Estate, the site of Britannic Assurance and the building of the new Chief Office there. A summary of these articles ,  ‘Britannic Magazines: Moor Green House and Estate’, is available to read here.

To visit the Britannic Assurance Magazines project page click here. It includes an article Reg has written recalling his memories of the time he spent working for the company (Click to read).

The Magazines include:

  • Bound Volumes: Volumes VI to Volume 20 (1930 – 1974)
  • Loose Volumes: Volumes 1968-1997
  • April 1991: A Company History

 Anyone able to come in and help go through the magazines to find interesting articles?

Anyone living in the flats there with any memories of moving in or living there?

Anyone with memories of Moor Green House and Estate and the Britannic building?

If you are interested in helping or contributing, please get in touch via email to: .  We always welcome anyone with an interest.

World War 1 Project

The World War 1 Project  (click to read more) has done considerable work on the stories of men who died in the war and are commemorated on the St Mary’s War Memorial.  It also aims to identify other work that  has already been done, provide a central data-base hub linking to this research and fill in any gaps not previously covered (for example local conscientious objectors).   In order to avoid duplication we need to know what research is being done and what still needs to be investigated.  We are therefore keen to hear from any organisation that is undertaking its own research into WWI.  This project will continue until the end of 2018 at least.

History of Moor Green Allotments

The Group has recently completed a project on the History of Moor Green Allotments (click to read more).  The project produced an official booklet on the history of the allotments, a timeline and web articles showing how allotments developed over the past 250 years, displays and a calendar, in commemoration of Moor Green Allotments’ 40th Anniversary Celebrations. Full information can be found on the web page.


You can also read about two projects previously undertaken by the Group –   Now and Then  and the   HLF Project . Click to read more.


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