Save Our Print Works

This year, Brum Spirit celebrates the power of combining forces, to make lasting and positive change on our doorsteps.

old print works
From brightening up grey urban spaces with yummy fruit, veg, useful plants and wild flowers through Gaia’s Garden, to throwing family friendly celebrations in forgotten buildings, we’re all about championing what can be achieved when we’re in this together.
As part of this celebration, we’re championing the Old Print Works Unit Partners, in their campaign to ensure the future of this vibrant creative hub in the heart of Balsall Heath.

This group of very talented craftspeople, arts educators and community activists enliven this 30,000 sq ft ex factory building with industry, activities and events that focus on hand made skills and wellbeing. From ceramics to yoga, metalwork to photography, upcycling to fashion design, there’s a real buzz behind that huge factory frontage, right opposite Moseley Road Baths and next door to Moseley School of Art.

Not forgetting Ort Cafe of course – a welcoming and cozy community space where you can enjoy home made cakes, live music of all kinds, spoken word, neighbourhood meet ups and language classes.

Faced with an uncertain future, the Unit Partners are rallying together, so this Grade 2 listed community arts venue can be restored and maintained for the benefit of Balsall Heath residents and visitors, for years to come.

Things are moving quite quickly, and there will be plenty of ways for you to get involved along the way. Just this week, we heard the awesome news that Arts Council England have granted an amazing £100k to help secure the future of the Old Print Works! You can read more about this latest development here.

Look out for more updates on the Save Our Print Works campaign, and get involved – this place is meant for everyone – we’re in this together!

Moseley Road Baths

Ask any Brummie to list the most beautiful buildings in Birmingham, and chances are the Moseley Road Baths may well be one of them! Opened back in 1907, this amazing Grade II listed building is an undeniably stunning piece of architecture in the city, and is the oldest of only three Grade II listed buildings operating as a swimming pool in Britain – pretty impressive, eh?

moseley road baths

Used by people of all ages and from all walks of life across Balsall Heath and beyond, Moseley Road Baths is a focal point for much of the community, helping local people lead active, healthy lifestyles and providing space for a productive recreational past time.

 

But with the inevitable wear and tear of such a historic building, the future of Moseley Road Baths has come into question over recent years, prompting an outcry from the local people – and rightly so! Various petitions and crowd funding campaigns have fought to keep the building open, demonstrating just how important this building is to the community, the most recent initiative being led by Friends of Moseley Road Baths.

 

Boasting several rare and unique features, including it’s stunning Gothic Renaissance red bricks, steam heated drying racks, and a three-sided spectator gallery, the baths have actually had very few alterations to its original layout, but have unfortunately seen much of the facilities closed owing to concerns over health and safety, which we’re sure you’ll agree is a crying shame!

 

Like many of us here in Birmingham, the team at Friends of MRB believe that the baths can once more have a bright future, both as a fully functioning pool and as a building of historical and architectural importance. They believe that it is essential to invest in this national treasure and fantastic addition to our city, and have campaigned tirelessly over the years to safeguard it’s future.

save moseley road baths

 

But how can YOU help? There are loads of way you can show your support – join the campaign by spreading the word with their promotional leaflets and posters, use your voice and write to your local councillor or newspaper, attend their monthly meeting, and of course, get yourself down to the baths for a swim!

 

However you choose to help, it would be disastrous for our community and area if Moseley Road Baths were to be permanently shut, so get involved! We’re in this together, after all!

 

Find out more about how you can help here.