On the 8th of January 2014 the Lea Village History Boards were unveiled to a specially invited audience by town crier Ken Knowles, Reel Access Creative Producer Laura Breakwell and Shard End Councillor John Cotton.
The set of four local history boards located along the border of Lea Village, from the site of the original Lea Hall to the nearby Lea Village shop,s have been installed as a permanent reminder of the long history of the village. Each board focuses on a particular aspect of village life across its 800 year history.
A handy leaflet has been produced which maps out the boards locations and you should be able to pick these up at various locations across the area in the coming weeks. The boards contain just a small selection of the stories and images uncovered during the project and more information can be found in the Lea Village Archive which will be available to view at The Pump and Shard End Library.
Twilightofthefreakingods celebrated five glorious years for Stan’s Cafe @ A E Harris, and was the last performance at the venue in its large format.
Reel Access was lucky enough to be bought on board to record the performance that unfolded slowly over 255 minutes. We are now in the process of creating a unique film experience using this footage. It’ll be a long editing process but here is an early glimpse at some of the shots we captured.
(Click on an image to enter the full screen gallery)
‘Re-Awakening Lea Village’ is a Heritage Lottery funded project about a specific area of Birmingham, its lost buildings and its oral history. Lea Village is in the Shard End ward of Birmingham and has come to be known as Kitts Green although some local residents say that’s inaccurate. Historical evidence in terms of maps and plans date Lea Village back to 1275 when it was an early settlement. It subsequently developed into an estate on which Lea Hall was built. More recently it was swallowed up by Birmingham city and developed as a post-war estate.
To officially launch this project we are holding an arts festival on Friday 24 August from 2pm-5pm at The Pump, 286 Kitts Green Road, Birmingham. There will be plenty going on with a play, music, arts & crafts and we would love for you to bring along any memorabilia you have such as photos, maps, images etc of Lea Village so we can all learn about it’s rich history.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the Pump, spread the word!