About Acocks Green History Society
This page explains why we exist and what we set out to achieve.
The value of heritage
Heritage promotes understanding of and respect for the area people live in. It gives not only a sense of place but also reveals something of the sequence of human effort which has made the local environment what it is.
Heritage is important for those that have long experience of an area and are fond of it and committed to it. It is also
revealing and instructive for incomers. It is of vital importance to children and young people in fostering awareness and a sense of responsibility. We believe that local history can and should
be relevant to all sections of the community and welcome everyone.
Heritage is an important tool at the disposal of other community forces for good. When allied with efforts to improve the environment, natural history, amenity value, infrastructure and attractiveness of an area it adds substantially to the overall energy and impact of the community’s work to improve quality of life.
What we aim to do
We provide a programme of talks on local history and other historical subjects of interest.
We pursue research into the local area, inviting those with memories or archival material to make it available to us for study, care and/or publication on our website. Where desirable, we will make copies available to Acocks Green Library.
The Society has produced an extensive website for research and interest concerning Acocks Green and the wider community of Yardley (aghs.jimdo.com).
The Secretary gives talks on local history to a wide range of groups including schools.
The Society is working with the Business Improvement District on a second calendar featuring heritage photos of the area.
The Society is a partner in a bid to create a Conservation Area in Acocks Green and has produced histories of many of the local roads on its website.
The Society is a partner in a Heritage Lottery bid to create eight local history information boards around the centre with further reading accessible from QR codes on the boards.
The Society takes part in the Acocks Green Carnival every year and displays old maps, photographs, articles etc. on a set of tables alongside those promoting Acocks Green Library, with whom the Society is closely associated.
The Society supports the Friends of Acocks Green Library in promoting and defending the local library service.
The organisation of the Society has evolved to become relatively informal, in that there is no subscription, but those attending make donations towards the costs of speakers, room hire, and other expenses involved in running the group’s activities. An annual report and accounts are produced. The Society is a member of Acocks Green Village Partnership.