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"Connecting Identities"

Young people's photographs of Aston and Yardley. Connecting Identities was a youth inclusion project, that involved young people using photography to explore issues around identity, izzat/pride, place, ...

"My Journey to and Life in Britain"

MY JOURNEY TO AND LIFE IN BRITAIN My name is Sarwan Singh. I came to this country in 1960. I have lived all my life in Handsworth and worked in Birmingham. I am a member and office bearer of Indian ...

A Home for the Association

As the organisation's work grew it became essential to acquire somewhere to accommodate its activities and provide a focal point within the local community. The Sparkbrook Association's premises were ...

Aerial View of Allen's Cross, Northfield

W. Edwards Ltd built the Allen’s Cross estate for Birmingham Corporation in the early 1930s. This photograph was commissioned from Midland Air Services and it shows the brand new estate as an island in ...

Ahmed's Journey

"My name is Ahmed Mirreh. I was born in Khamis Mashed in Saudi Arabia. I stayed there for 6 years. In 1989 civil war was in Somalia. My parents emigrated to Holland. There was at that moment no other ...

Asian Resource Centre

The Asian Resource Centre was established in 1976 at Villa Road in Handsworth. It was founded on the belief that it was "necessary and desirable for Asian residents in Handsworth to have their own autonomous ...

Baby sitting in a pram

Back-to-back slum house, near Watery Lane, Small Heath, Birmingham.

Baby sleeping in a cot

Municipal Estate, Kingstanding.

Baby, young girl and man in backyard

Slum housing, near the Malden Road, London.

Birmingham China Town Lions Club

Photograph by Terry Lo.

Birmingham Chinese Elders Concern Group

Photograph by Terry Lo.

Birmingham Mail Charity Boots

From 1889 the Birmingham Mail newspaper ran a Christmas appeal. One of the causes it supported was buying boots for poor children who would otherwise go barefoot. The first distribution of boots was made ...

Caravans in Upper Ryland Road

Birmingham’s history is very much a history of migration. Workers from across the region and beyond flocked here to find work in a booming industrial sector during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. ...

Cellar Youth Club

Cellar Youth Club was based in the cellar at the Sparkbrook Association's headquarters in Braithwaite Road. The youth club was decorated by its members and was opened in 1962. Many young people from ...

Child looking out of window

Back-to-back and Tunnel-back Slum properties, Hockley, Birmingham.

Children by a tree

Shenley Fields Estate, Weoley Castle, Birmingham.

Children feeding a swan

Shenley Fields Estate, Weoley Castle, Birmingham.

Children on a see-saw

Municipal Estate, Kingstanding.