Local History Exhibitions

Current Exhibition
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.

Future Exhibitions

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

Past Exhibitions
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.

A Miscellany of Photographs – from 1859

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.

WW1 Knowle soldier to get a War Graves headstone after research by The Knowle Society

Alfred George Barber – Our Alfie (27 Jan 1899 – 30 May 1919)

After 95 years of lying in an unmarked grave, Alfie will have the recognition he so deserves and will have the appropriate Commonwealth War Grave headstone. After research and correspondence between the Local History team of The Knowle Society and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Commission responded on 11th November 2014 (a poignant date for such a letter) saying “Gunner Alfred George Barber (836287) qualifies for commemoration by the CWGC under the Death attributable to Service criterion. The date for this headstone provision is not yet known but will be advised here and in the Society’s newsletter when the information becomes available.

They were all Heroes! – Exhibition

Knowle Village Hall
10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd August
10.00am – 4.30pm Monday 4th. August

There will be a Living Tommy present each day.

Our exhibition will show how it affected Knowle and is based on Michael Harrison’s book The Price a Parish Paid plus additional research by the history team. It contains a lot of local and personal information of all involved whether they were killed in action, taken prisoner or simply served and survived – they were all heroes! Our aim therefore is to provide names and as much information as possible for each individual including, where possible, a photograph of that person.

 

 

Our exhibition will show how it affected Knowle and is based on Michael Harrison’s book The Price a Parish Paid plus additional research by the history team. It contains a lot of local and personal information of all involved whether they were killed in action, taken prisoner or simply served and survived – they were all heroes! Our aim therefore is to provide names and as much information as possible for each individual including, where possible, a photograph of that person.

There will be a mini exhibition on The Black Prince and the Battle of Jutland and one on the hospital at Hampton-in-Arden and convalescent homes like Springfield, and much, much more.

We will be serving tea and coffee and cakes.

A raffle will be held each day with a bottle of Champagne as the daily prize. The proceeds from this raffle will be donated to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (Patient Welfare Fund) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where the forces’ operational casualties are nursed and provision is made for families who are caring for them while at the hospital.

Come along and see the contributions and sacrifices made by Knowle people.

Photos of the opening day and the formal opening by the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mrs Kate Wild. ‘Living Tommy’ also shown by the war memorial at Knowle Parish Church