The Commonwealth Games & The Lost Children Project
2022 marks the 150th anniversary of
the opening of the Children’s Emigration Homes in Highgate, founded by John Middlemore. Between the years 1873 and 1954 they emigrated over 5000 children chiefly to Canada but also to Australia.
Over 100,000 children were emigrated in total by many different agencies.
However, there are also many relatives and descendants
living here in the Birmingham area.
We are celebrating this extraordinary Commonwealth link
with a programme of events, with Games related funding and
support from Barratts the builders.
1. July. Launch of a Blue Plaque at St Luke’s Rd, Highgate, where the Homers were established.
2. June to October. A Touring Exhibition on pop up banners finishing at the Back To Backs where it will stay until October.
3. A new play “The Lost Children” to be performed on:
Friday evening, July 8th & Sunday afternoon July 10th at the Hexagon Theatre in the MAC, Cannon Hill.
Friday evening, July 29th & Saturday evening, July 30th at the Blue Orange Theatre in the Jewellery Quarter as part of BirminghamFest
Do please save the dates! Come and support us!
The Lost Children Exhibition
1.Sat, June 11th to Sun June 19th 10.30 a.m to 4 p.m at The Old Print Works.498 to 506 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath. B12 9AH in the Director’s office accessed by the courtyard. Good disabilty access.
2. Mon, June 20th to Thurs, 23rd June 9 a.m to 4 p.m at Stanhope Hall,. Ketley Croft, B12 0XG off Emily St, Good disability access
3. Sat June 25th to Mon July 4th at Moseley Road Baths, From 9 a.m daily. Closing times vary. B12 9BX. 5 steps to front door. Disability access on request
4. July 14th to end of October at The Back to Backs at Hurst St, B5 4TE No disability access – steep stairs
2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Children’s Emigration Homes in Highgate, founded by John Middlemore. Between the years 1873 and 1954 they emigrated over 5000 deprived children chiefly to Canada but also to Australia aiming to give them children the opportunity of a better life. For many years the children went to farming families in the remote backwoods of Canada and then later to Fairbridge Farm Schools in both Canada and Australia.
Presented by Balsall Heath Local History Society with support from Celebrating Communities funding from Birmingham City Council and Midland Ancestors
We are now based in The Old Print Works, in the eighteenth century house which fronts on to the Moseley Road, and next to the Ort Café. Our base is right next to the lovely gallery space at the Works, which is ideal for exhibitions.
Our address is:
Balsall Heath Local History Society
The Old Print Works,
498-506 Moseley Road,
Birmingham B12 9AH
Phone number for the office. 07565 194822
or phone Val Hart: 0121 689 2584
Facebook: Balsall Heath Local History Society
Our monthly meetings are held at St Paul’s Venture, Malvern St. off Clifton Road, Balsall Heath, on the last Thursday of most months. The next meeting will be on May 26th,2022. at 7 for a 7.30 pm start.
Why not come along? Visitors and new members are always welcome. We make a charge of £3 for visitors, which includes a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits.
We have an extensive indexed collection of photographs, Directories from the past, maps, local books, resources and a selected range of artefacts for use with schools and groups.
You can also find us on Facebook at Balsall Heath Local History Society.
CHARITY NUMBER: 1101945