Local History Work

The work of the Local History committee

The Society’s Local History committee has responsibility for running the Local History Centre in which is held the Archive. Its objective is to provide a service to the village by

  • providing and curating a repository for items of local interest which would otherwise be lost to posterity
  • publishing a searchable index of the repository
  • recording the personal memories of elderly residents
  • recording today’s events
  • promoting an interest in local histrory through articles in the newsletter, arranging talks and local visits
  • providing support to people having a connection with Knowle in researching family history of Knowle residents, past and present

Most items are either given by local residents, or copied from originals loaned for the purpose. However, any original material, which properly belongs in a controlled atmosphere under the care of professional archivists, is passed to the County Record Office at Warwick, Solihull Library or Birmingham Reference Library, as appropriate.

The Society fulfils its obligation to display the collection through exhibitions, lectures, etc. Started in 1977, the collection soon grew beyond our expectations, and in 1988 we were pleased to accept the invitation of Solihull M.B.C. to move it to Knowle Library. The Society retains the ownership and responsibility for the care of the collection, and administers the Archive.

The Archive is maintained at Chester House Library and is manned regularly by Society members on Saturday mornings 10.00am-12.30pm. If Saturday morning is inconvenient you can make an appointment – please email archive@knowlesociety.org.uk – when emailing with archive enquiries, please indicate where you live (i.e. local or distant) so we know what options we have when following up your enquiry.