Over the course of 2021 we’ve a series of 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.

Summer events

Come and explore old maps and archive photos of Sutton Coldfield at these free, drop-in events, all of which are planned to take place outside (though they will move indoors if the weather is inclement).

  • 11 August 10.00-13.00
    Communitea Cafe, Boldmere

  • 13 August 10.00-13.00
    Max’s Coffee Shop, Clarence Road, B74

  • 16 August 10.00-13.00
    Olive Branch Coffee Shop, Grange Lane, B75

  • 19 August 14.00-17.00
    The Duke Inn, Duke Street, B72

  • 12 September 11.00-18.00
    Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, Upper Clifton Road, B73
    As part of the Town Hall Community Fete

  • 14 September, 13.30 – 16.30
    Banners Gate Community Centre, Reay Nadin Drive, B73

  • 18 September, 11.00-15.00
    Holy Trinity Parish Church, Church Hill, B72
    As part of the church’s Heritage Open Day

  • 25 September 09.00-17.00
    Sutton Expo, The Parade, B72

  • Past events

    In the spring and early summer of 2021 online workshops were held on Zoom.

    Each workshop included a presentation of old photos and other material relating to the given topic, drawing on Sutton Coldfield Library’s archive material.

    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

    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

    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

    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)

    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

    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


    Book your free place here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUud-yrpzIjEt0ukQf_NDIOAQCbOkfgG4wE
    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

    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

    More online events will be held in the Autumn of 2021.

    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.