About our Local History Projects

To date, we have undertaken three major local history projects for young people which were funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. They are:

 

The New Street Station History Project

 

Birmingham’s Lost Communities

One Area Through Time: The History of Balsall Heath 

 

Click on the titles to find out more about each project, including videos, heritage trails and other materials produced by project participants. We have worked closely with local historians on these projects – especially Professor Carl Chinn.

 

Our aims is to change the focus of history teaching, from the major events and figures, to ordinary people’s experiences of historical change – something which is usually missing from the history books; and linked with this,

 

We also want to encourage young people to be more aware of their own family’s history, and to find out about, and preferably preserve in some form, their own stories and memories.

 

In addition to the projects supported by NLHF, we have undertaken a major Erasmus Plus project called Breaking Down Barriers. More details here.