KNOWLE SOCIETY LOCAL HISTORY CENTRE Extended opening for Heritage Open Day

Extended opening for Heritage Open Day

The Centre is open every Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30 for anyone to visit and view the archives, as well as to ask about the history of the area and local families.

On 15 September this year, the second Heritage weekend, Knowle Society Local History Centre (upstairs in the library) will  extend its hours and remain open until 2.30pm. There will also be a selection of old photographs and scrap books on display for visitors to look through.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Steelhouse Lane Lock Up

The Lock-up is opening its doors for the next series of fundraising open days.

On Saturday 15th September you can explore the old  Steelhouse Lane cells, which held Birmingham City Centre prisoners for 125 years.  View the custody records of some of the former residents and find out about some of our old kit and equipment.
For younger prisoners there are a few fun activities. We have a history quiz, uniform to try on, fingerprinting and lots of pocket money priced items in our shop. You will be let out after your time slot for good behaviour!!
Open day on Saturday 15th September – or subscribe to to be notified of future dates if you can’t make this one
Do you want to learn a bit more about the history of the Lock-up and policing during the past 50 years?
Then why not come to our adult’s only evening tour on the 15th September – 5-7pm.
There will be 4 mini talks on policing included along with a chance to browse the cells, see the museum display and visit the shop to help our fundraising in support of our plans to bring the whole WMP museum to the Lock-up one day.
Evening talk Saturday 15th September 5-7pm including talks on the history of the Lock-up,  policing during WW2 and during the 60s & 70s.

Any further queries please contact:
Corinne Brazier

Save the Date

This year marks the golden jubilee of the Knowle Conservation Area.  We were one of the very first areas to achieve this status and it has been very useful in preserving the quality of the centre of the village.

We are marking this anniversary with an event in the middle of the village on Saturday 21st July, with activities and entertainment.  More news to come!

Knowle War Memorial


SATURDAY 31st MARCH 10:00 – 15:00
As most of you will know, the Soldiers Chapel in Knowle Church was dedicated to the memory of the fallen of WW1.  It also remembers those who have fallen in later conflicts.  Many might not have realised that there is also a memorial in the Churchyard, alongside the path between the Church and the Guild House.  This takes the form of a stone cross, which is showing its age. A project has been launched to refurbish it and improve its surroundings in time for Nov 2018. Come along to the Guild House see the proposed refurbishment plans. We welcome your views and comments.

Saturday March 3rd  3.30pm — 5.30pm

You are invited to the Guild House on Saturday March 3rd between 3.30pm and 5.30pm to view the proposed plans, an artist’s impression and a model of the proposed refurbishment of the War Memorial located in Knowle Churchyard.

The committee representing Knowle Church, The British Legion and The Knowle Society are seeking the views and thoughts of the local community. Please come along and find out more. Refreshments available