Birchfield Harriers Tales

Posted in: News on August 6, 2012

The project, to be managed by the Beth Johnson Foundation, is a partnership between Birchfield Harriers Athletic Club, Birchfield Residents Action Group, local schools, Age UK, Midland Heart and Birmingham Archives and Heritage. Residents, supporters and former athletes with memories to share going back some 60 years, will have a chance to get involved with Birmingham Alexander Stadium providing the focus for activities. The club has been represented at every summer Olympics bar one since 1908. Its long and illustrious history dates from 1877 with many of its most famous athletes coming from the very local areaStudents at local schools together with volunteers from Birchfield Harriers and with the support of Birmingham’s Archive and Heritage Service will undertake research. A DVD will be produced to include at least 30 interviews. All interviews not put on a DVD will be archived. An exhibition of memorabilia and photographs will be assembled and boxes containing a range of such items will also be available for loan to schools and community groups. The project culminates in a celebration due to take place at the Birmingham Alexander Stadium in July 2013.‘Birchfield Harriers are delighted that the project can go ahead thanks to the support from the HLF’ says Stuart Paul, Vice Chair (Promotions). ’This follows the excellent news that another ten members of the club have gained selection for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic games in London. This is a significant addition to the 100 Birchfield athletes who became Olympians in the last 100 years. The project will allow us to highlight both the excellence of our athletes and the other members of the club who have contributed to establishing Birchfield Harriers as one of Birmingham's iconic sporting institutions. For the Beth Johnson Foundation, Judy Crabb said, “This is a great opportunity not just to capture and re-tell important local history but to break down barriers between younger and older people, develop new partnerships of working between people who have not worked together before, and create imaginative materials that will have a life beyond the project.”For further information about the project please contact Judy on 01782 844036Notes to Editors: • Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 33,000 projects, allocating £4.9billion across the UK, with £868 million of that in London. Website: www.hlf.org.uk


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