Thursday 6 Sept 2018 | 6pm – 8pm
A History of Activism in Selly Oak
Artefact, 1464 Pershore Road, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2NT
Dr. Chris Moores, who lectures in contemporary British history at the University of Birmingham; gives an engaging talk about the findings of his recent Heritage Lottery Fund funded project into the history of social, political and community activism of all stripes in Selly Oak. Start in the 1960s and going all the way through to the 1990s.
He will reveal the exciting, untold stories of the eclectic networks and groups of idealists and visionaries whose energy and enthusiasm shaped the area that we live and work in today. Along the way he will show how changes in technology and wider society worked to shape the kind of campaigning that people did and the issues that they cared about. Questions which in our own era when the internet is rapidly reshaping how we do politics, but in which community is increasingly seen as incredibly valuable; remain highly pertinent. The talk will be accompanied by a small scale display showcasing some of the project’s findings which attendees are welcome to browse at their leisure following the talk. Dr. Moores is especially keen to meet anyone who was involved in any kind of activism and campaigning in the local area during this period or today.