Saturday 15 Sept 2018 | 11am – 1pm
The Birmingham Children’s Emigration Homes – An Exclusive Talk by Canadian Author Patricia Skidmore
St Martin Church (The Deritend Room), Edgbaston Street, Birmingham B5 5BB
Between 1873 and 1948 around 6,000 destitute children were taken off the streets of Birmingham and placed in the care of The Children’s Emigration Homes in Highgate. In an attempt to save these ‘Street Arabs’ from a life of crime, grime and poverty they were sent to start new lives working on farms in the backwoods of Canada.
Balsall Heath Local History Society is delighted to host a special talk and exhibition by author Patricia Skidmore, whose mother Marjorie was emigrated to Canada in 1937 aged ten, together with her nine year-old brother. Their younger sister followed a year later, while an elder sister remained in Birmingham.
Patricia will be visiting the UK to scatter her mother’s ashes and visit her 94 year-old Aunt who remained here. Her talk will recount her family’s fascinating story and tell the history of the Homes. She will be met at New Street Station by child actors re-enacting the first stage of the migrants’ perilous 4,000 mile trip.
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Booking required. Book here