The film, shot by the Downton Family of Balsall Heath, shows their home on William Edward Street in Balsall Heath. One of the many back to back terraced houses that were demolished around 30 years ago when Balsall Heath was redeveloped.
The film was a fantastic opportunity for members of the history society to see Balsall Heath in Moving Image and also in some cases colour footage too.
A rarity I believe, as it wasn’t common for families to own luxury items such as cine-cameras as I was told by members of Balsall Heath History Society. The compilation, thoughtfully put together by MACE Programme Curator Phil Leach, consisted of ATV Today and Midlands News footage dating back to 1965 and showed the effects of immigration and ‘slum’ housing on the lives of local residents. [ATV Today: 29.03.1971: Balsall Heath Slum – Report regarding Shelter criticism of Vincent Crescent, Balsall Heath in Birmingham. Interview with residents about the conditions.] http://www.macearchive.org/Archive/Title/atv-today-29031971-balsall-heath-slum/MediaEntry/15719.html
The Balsall Heath Local History Society have recently launched their Digital Balsall Heath Website, funded by the Heritage Lottery, which will allow people to interact with the material relating to Balsall Heath more extensively. Check out: http://www.digitalbalsallheath.org.uk/ for more information.
With people looking back at their own family history being so popular right now, we urge people to get check their lofts or cupboards, even garages for any old film collections that might hold key information about our Midlands Heritage.
If you have any film relating to Balsall Heath or the surrounding area please contact:
Chris Sutton – Balsall Heath LHS Development Worker – 0121 464 1890 – firstname.lastname@example.org
or for more information please check out: http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html