The Weoley Collection – Weoley Castle Library’s Local History Archive
The Weoley Collection at Weoley Castle Library was first created over twenty years ago by library staff Roy Clarke, Linda Barnett and David Hale. It contains photographs, maps, study guides and assorted ephemera relating to the Weoley Castle area and the historic Manor of Weoley. It is an archive of Weoley’s rich heritage and an asset to the local community, school children, students and researchers.
The collection is a valuable resource that documents the social and historical development of the area and an excellent starting point for local history projects and for people who want to explore Weoley’s past or reminisce over views of yesteryear.
The material has been collected from a number of sources which include community groups and local residents, The Library of Birmingham and local press cuttings.
The bulk of the collection is an archive of over 1,500 photographic images. Some of its highlights include:
The local shopping centre and the heart of the estate.
The ruins at Weoley Castle are over 700 years old and are the remains of the moated medieval manor house that once stood here.
Farming and Rural Life
The farms, the farmers, country life and rural views.
The Dudley No. 2 Canal joined the Worcester-Birmingham Canal at Selly Oak.
I became custodian of the collection three years ago. Continuing the work of my aforementioned colleagues, I have spent the past two years digitising the entire collection. This process involved scanning each item individually, adding them to an electronic database and then inputting metadata for each item. Whilst time-consuming, this task has been invaluable in terms of ensuring the preservation of the collection.
During this time I have also mounted a series of displays within the library, each one highlighting a different facet of the collection: farms, pubs, and schools. Customer feedback has been very positive and I plan to create more displays in the near future.
The collection has also given me opportunity to work with a local primary school, giving talks to pupils about the history of the area and introducing them to Weoley’s cultural and historical legacy. These sessions were highly enjoyable and it was wonderful to see their enthusiasm for the subject coming to the fore.
The entire collection is available to view in the library. Customers can order high quality copies of photographs from the collection (subject to copyright) in a range of sizes, all at reasonable prices. We regularly appeal for new items that we can add to the collection. If anyone has any photographs, maps, newspaper articles, or artefacts relating to Weoley Castle that you think would be suitable, please get in touch.
For more information on The Weoley Collection, including a full price list, please contact Stephen Callow on 0121 464 1664 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org