A Blue Plaque for the Middlemore Homes

2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Children’s Emigration Homes in St Lukes Road, Highgate. Founded by John Middlemore, the Homes emigrated over 5000 children, chiefly to Canada but also Australia, between the years 1873 and 1954. The children were from desperate families who consented to their emigration as they saw it as an opportunity for a better life for them.

The original buildings were demolished in 2018 and the area has now been developed by Barratts the builders for housing. The plaque is surrounded by maple trees as a homage to Canada.

The plaque will stand as an enduring reminder of this extraordinary Commonwealth connection which is also a significant part of Birmingham’s heritage

The Unveiling Launch was a glittering occasion, attended by The Lord Mayor, Birmingham Civic Society representatives, relatives of children who were emigrated and Patricia Roberts -Pichette , the leading authority on the Homes, who flew in specially from Canada for the event.

Programme of Speakers for Meetings May to December, 2022.

Forthcoming Programme

May 26th Les Williams Forgotten Brummies
Some of the people in the recent book by Les, including William Hutton, Thomas Attwood and Joseph Sturge/

June 30th Val Hart . Stories of Lost Children, emigrated by The Middlemore Homes.

July 28th Proposed visit to the recently opened Police Museum. £15pp (£5 dep)

2 p.m. August 25th Stories from the Stones. A walk though Brandwood End Cemetery visiting some of Balsall Heath’s graves.

September 29th AGM and presentation of ‘Lost Balsall Heath.’ lmages of places now gone from our neighbourhood.

October 27th Pat Franklin. Eldred Hallas, Birmingham’s first Labour MP and his contribution to the founding of the Birmingham Municipal Bank.

November 24th Corinne Brazier The Police Strike of 1919

December 15th Richard Churchley A Century of Popular Songs 1860s -1960s

Society Visit to the new Police Museum July 28th

The Lock-Up, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6BJ

Cost £15 per person. Please pay a £5 deposit at the meeting on May 26th or June 30th or pay by the Donate button on the Local History Society website, by the end of June. Places are limited so book early!

The Museum will be open for our group visit from 5 p.m so there is a chance to look round but you can arrive at a time of your own choosing.
Then 6.15 p.m Gather in the basement for refreshments and a talk from 6.30 to 7.30. Another half hour after that to look round until the visit finishes at 8 pm..

Discover what it was really like to spend time on both sides of the bars in our one-of-a-kind police museum, located in the heart of Birmingham. Transport
yourself back in time as you learn about two centuries of policing history

• Explore our Victorian lock-up that was built in 1891 and remained a working police cell block until 2016

• Find out about our policing pioneers, those who worked in the Lock-up and the people who paved the way for equality and inclusivity. The police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, who fought in the world wars and those who died carrying out their duty.

• Discover what life was like for those who stepped through our doors. Find out about some of Birmingham’s most notorious criminals who were held at the lock-up, including the real Peaky Blinders.

• Investigate and solve crimes in our forensics lab.

• Get hands on and join in the fun by taking part in our interactive displays, dress up in our police uniforms or take your very own mugshot.