Over the course of 2021 we’ve a series of online events exploring Telling Sutton’s Stories and how you can get involved. All events are free and everyone is welcome. If there are things that would be helpful for us to know or things we could put in place so that it would be easier for you to take part, please let us know.

Workshops will be held on Zoom. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 20 per workshop and participants will be welcome to join with your video and audio on, so we can see each other and chat about the workshop’s topic.

Each workshop will include a presentation of old photos and other material relating to the given topic, drawing on Sutton Coldfield Library’s archive material. You’ll also learn how to contribute your own stories, photos and other material to Telling Sutton’s Stories (if you wish to). The workshops aim to be engaging, fun and full of interesting information about different aspects of Sutton!

The workshops will not be recorded or made available afterwards. If there is high demand we will look at offering repeat workshops.

Lower Parade looking to Town School. Photo: Sutton Coldfield Library. Reproduced with permission.
Thursday 15 April, 19.30-20.30, Online


Telling Sutton’s Stories – The development and memories of The Parade


**This event is now fully booked**
Lichfield Mercury – Friday 17 October 1879. Newspaper image © The British Library Board. With thanks to The British Newspaper Archive
Saturday 24 April, 14.00-15.00, Online


Telling Sutton’s Stories – Mill Street development and memories


**This event is now fully booked**
Streetly Entrance – Sutton Park. Photo: Sutton Coldfield Library. Reproduced with permission.
Wednesday 12 May, 19.30-20.30, Online


Telling Sutton’s Stories – Memories of Sutton Park, part 1


**This event is now fully booked**
Aris’s Birmingham Gazette – Monday 03 September 1827. Newspaper image © The British Library Board. With thanks to The British Newspaper Archive
Wednesday 19 May, 19.30-20.30, Online


Telling Sutton’s Stories – Memories of Sutton Park, part 2 (different content to part 1)


Book your free place here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtdeGpqDItHNARpovJh4xjsyy1BcGEPNMZ
Coventry Evening Telegraph – Friday 27 October 1978. Newspaper image © Reach Plc. All rights reserved. With thanks to the British Newspaper Archive
Wednesday 2 June, 19.30-20.30, Online


Telling Sutton’s Stories – FOOD & DRINK in Sutton’s history


Book your free place here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsf-qhqTMuHNdl5NXOrCe-0JRHhy_TmzuH
Aris’s Birmingham Gazette – Monday 26 January 1846. Newspaper image © The British Library Board. With thanks to The British Newspaper Archive
Thursday 17 June, 19.30-20.30, Online


Telling Sutton’s Stories – MUSIC in Sutton’s history


Booking for this workshop will open 1 June 2021
An excerpt from Henry IV Part 1 by Shakespeare
Saturday 3 July, 14.30-15.30, Online


Telling Sutton’s Stories – LITERATURE in Sutton’s history


Booking for this workshop will open 1 June 2021
Highbridge Road, Boldmere Road from Antrobus Road, 3 March 1938. Photo: Sutton Coldfield Library. Reproduced with permission.
Tuesday 13 July, 19.30-20.30, Online


Telling Sutton’s Stories – Boldmere history and memories


Booking for this workshop will open 1 June 2021

Subject to the easing of Government Coronavirus restrictions we plan to offer in-person workshops later in the year, alongside continuing the online workshops with further topics.

Our workshops are made possible thanks to a large number of volunteers, and funding from the Sutton Coldfield Neighbourhood Network Scheme. We would like to acknowledge our particular gratitude to Alan Cameron Wills who has developed the bespoke software we use for Telling Sutton’s Stories.