This press release was issued 3rd December to announce the Ratcliff films being released on DVD.
Knowle Library and the Knowle Society’s Local History Centre continue to work together to celebrate local heritage. Visit before December 13th and you can view two exhibitions and buy a DVD filled with footage from the last century.
The first exhibition, on the Library’s Ground Floor, is entitled ‘Historic Knowle’ and looks at a range of subjects around the village. The visitor can discover which of Kenilworth Road’s terraced houses sports a Victorian Jubilee plaque, used to be part of the Bulls Head Inn and subsequently housed the Sergeant next to his Police Station. Alongside this are photographs and detail about more prominent historic properties such as Knowle Hall and a village centrepiece, the magnificent 15th century Guild House.
Meanwhile, upstairs, in the Knowle Society run Local History Centre, the display cases present ‘Then and Now’. This is a photographic comparison of the village today and how it was. From Chester House, the Library itself, in 1894 to the junction of Lodge and Longdon Roads in 1927, times have changed and the pictures show how.
After that, the Library counter has take home nostalgia in the form of a new Knowle Society DVD, ‘Knowle Celebrations’, which contains over an hour of extracts from twenty-three films made by Mr F G Ratcliff. The earliest shows the British Legion Parade estimated at 1930 and the final one, the opening of Knowle Primary School in 1966. In between are the celebrations King George V’s Jubilee and VE Day, a village Tug’o’War, several Carnivals and more.
The DVD provides a fascinating insight into community life in decades past. There are also some remarkable glimpses of the main streets of Solihull Town Centre from the 1960s as demolition was in hand to prepare for the construction of Mell Square.
Janet Erzen, the new Chair of the Local History Committee, said ‘Knowle Society has a tremendous archive of village memories and the Library, the oldest building on the High Street, is the ideal place to showcase them.’
Launched on Saturday 13th September – The Knowle Society’s first DVD, price 8 pounds. It comprises unique black and white and early colour film of carnivals and national celebrations in Knowle taken over four decades by Mr F G Ratcliff.
This is a new version of the VHS video last available in 1993. It provides a fascinating and amusing insight into life in the growing village of Knowle. This DVD makes a delightful gift and will appeal to anyone with a love of Knowle and particularly to anyone with roots in the village.
Available from the main desk downstairs at Knowle Library, at all of the Society’s main meetings and at the Local History Centre upstairs in Knowle Library on Saturday mornings.
We are very pleased to announce the launch of a new online forum for members to discuss issues of relevance to the ‘village’ of Knowle and The Knowle Society. This facility was originally requested by a member at the Society’s 2006 AGM.
The Knowle Society’s third edition of this informative, illustrated booklet is selling very well (over four hundred copies). See the expanded list of outlets where you may buy copies.
Outlets in Knowle:
Carly’s / Oxfam Books & Music / Knowle Library / Midland Business Equipment
Outlets in Solihull:
Solihull Central Library / Borders Bookshop – Touchwood
As always, copies are also on sale at the Society’s main meetings. The price of the guide is three pounds. These make excellent gifts for distant friends and family members who may have Knowle connections, as well as being a useful reference source for all Knowle families. Why not buy two and keep one to hand for that urgent small gift?
The archives are now available and our stewards on hand to help you with your enquiries. Our display cabinets already have a set of local photographs of the highways and byways around Knowle for your interest and in May there will be a major new exhibition of 100 years of Scouting and Guiding in Knowle.