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?

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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.

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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.

The 100 Swimmers – Attilio Fiumerella

100 Swimmers

Here is an idea which has caught our attention for not only being the embodiment of #BrumSpirit but also because we were lucky enough to feature the exhibition “The Swimmers” by Attilio Fiumarella in collaboration with Some Cities at the Muzikstan Midsummer Festival, which took place June 28th at the Old Print works.

The 100 Swimmers event is calling on you kind people of Birmingham, in reaction to the news that Birmingham City Council intends to close the Moseley Road Baths permanently in 2015, following the opening of a new sports facility.

As a form of dissent against its closure, The 100 Swimmers would like to gather, as the name would suggest, 100 Swimmers inside the Gala Pool and immortalise them as the Terracotta Army in a magnificent and powerful picture. It will be the last image of the photographic project “The Swimmers”, developed during the last year in the Moseley Road Baths.

The 100 Swimmers will happen Sunday July 20th from 10 AM in the Moseley Road Baths, Brummies If you would like to get involved, send a confirmation to the following email address:

Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and stand with the other 99 swimmers!