How well do you know Knowle – try our photo quiz?


Our 2008 Social Event was a quiz night held on 20th October at Knowle

Village Hall. Why not try it yourself


Fifty seven people in 10 teams took part in a close fought competition, the winning team triumphing by just one point. One challenge was to identify some of the notable buildings in the centre of Knowle from a set of photographs of small parts of them.

The results were:
Hit & Miss 64; Martin 54; Pick ‘n’ Mix 65; The Dough Boys ‘n’ Girls 55; The Utopians 56; OddBods 68; Chantry Heathens 74; Last Lot 70; Enigma 71; Throstles & Robins 73

Click on the link for the quiz questions. To see the answers go to the news item above.

Answers to the Picture Quiz

Click on the link for the answers to the questions in the item below – but don’t do it until you have tried the questions first!

Carl Chinn fills the school hall


The long awaited visit by Carl Chinn was rewarded with a large and enthusiastic audience.

Thursday 9th Oct was an unusual night for a Knowle Society meeting, as was meeting at Arden School, but there was a good reason. After 3 years of trying we were at last to be treated to a presentation from Carl Chinn, the celebrated Birmingham historian. The wait was well worth it, as the 150 plus in the audience will tell you. See the scrum at the end to speak to Carl one-to-one and to buy his books.

Famous Brummie coming to Knowle


Everyone is welcome to come and listen to, and question, Prof Carl Chinn when The Knowle Society hosts this famous local historian and promoter of Birmingham. Arden School at 7.45pm on Thursday 9th October. Guaranteed to be a fascinating and entertaining evening. Free entry – visitors welcome.


Professor Carl Chinn MBE FRSA Ph.D. is a social historian, broadcaster, newspaper columnist, public speaker, author and campaigner for the rights of working-class people. Professor of Community History at the University of Birmingham, he is the author of 26 books that include studies of working-class housing, urban working class life, working-class women’s lives, Birmingham, the Black Country, and ethnic minorities. He has appeared as an expert on various television programmes, including Channel 4’s ‘History Hunters’ with Tony Robinson, and most recently on BBC 4’s ‘Edwardian Larder’. In the Midlands he has regular local history slots on BBC Midlands Today and is the expert in ITV’s ‘The Way We Were’ series. Professor Chinn has appeared on numerous Radio 4 programmes, including those presented by Libby Purvess and Laurie Taylor; he has his own local history show on BBC WM; and he writes local history features for the Express and Star and Birmingham Mail. His writing on housing and other issues is deeply affected by his family’s working-class background and life in the back-to-backs of Birmingham, and he is an ardent supporter of manufacturing who played a prominent role in the battle to keep Longbridge open in 2001. That year he was awarded the MBE for his services to local history and to charities. Carl is married to Kay and they have four children, aged from 26 to eleven.

New online discussion forum launched

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.

Large new screen for public meetings

As announced in the January 2008 newsletter, the Society has now acquired a new eight foot projection screen for use in the Village Hall for its illustrated meetings.

Illustrated presentations at Society meetings have been slightly diminished in the past by the effect of a coloured wall and lights and cables on that wall obstructing the projected image. By purchasing a large screen and using the traditional benefits of a raised stage, it is now hoped that all members and visitors will enjoy a greatly improved view at future meetings.