We are launching a series of Exhibitions called “Knowle’s Historic Houses” and the first of these will be a focus on Grimshaw Hall. It will open in July and be on display until the end of September in the Local History Centre on the first floor of the Library.
This will be a must for anyone interested in the history of this fascinating and historic building through four and a half centuries up to the present day.
“The present exhibition in the Local History Centre “The Bower Family & Knowle Lodge” has only three more weeks left to run.
This exhibition features the history of the local Bower family, of the move to Birmingham from Newent in the mid 1700s by one member of the family, Edward, and the eventual move to Knowle in 1860 by one of Edwards grandsons, also Edward, and their lives thereafter. We finish the exhibition with a brief synopsis of our late Dr Bower’s life and his devotion and contribution to the village and people of Knowle.
There are lots of lovely old and newer photographs to look at beginning in the early 1800s and we hope you’ll try to come along and see the exhibition before it finishes at the end of June. If you do make it, we would be very pleased if you could sign our visitor’s book which is usually on the table or on one of the cabinets.”
Regrettably work on these has had to take a back seat for a while due to the Local History Committee being the organisers of the Queen’s Birthday Party event in June – a lot of work and time! Consequently the exhibition ‘Sport in Knowle’ – part 1 did not go in until the beginning of September and because of the large amount of material we have in our archives on sport, it has had to be divided into two parts. The first part (September-December), concentrates on cricket, bowling and shooting and the second part, football, golf and tennis will go in during December 2016. This means that “The Bower Family and Knowle Lodge” will go in during March 2017 followed by the first in our series “Knowle’s Historic Houses – Grimshaw Hall”.
The last exhibition of 2017 has still to be decided upon.
2016 – Oct, Nov, Dec – Sport in Knowle (cricket, bowling & shooting))
2017 – Jan, Feb, Mar – Sport in Knowle (football, golf & tennis)
2017 – Mar – The Bower Family and Knowle Lodge
Recent past exhibitions and Local History talks. Records of most exhibitions are kept within the Local History Archive and of course some of the exhibition material is derived from Archive sources. Follow the link below for a full list of all past exhibitions.
Come and enjoy a selection of photographs of Knowle from our archives. Drop in to Knowle Library and we’re upstairs – you are always welcome. There is always an exhibition on display – this one will be followed by one on The Geology of Knowle later in 2015.