Erdington Historical Society

Erdington Historical Society was re-formed in 1985 after a lapse of thirty years. The Society has around 60 members and meets on the second Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the Lighthouse room at St. Barnabas.

The focus of each meeting is a talk, often by guest speakers, and topics covered have included:

  • Early History of Jazz
  • Birmingham Sporting Venues
  • The History of Four Oaks Park Estate
  • History of Honey
  • Lighthouses & Sea Rescue in the UK
  • The Battle of Tewksbury
  • The History of Birmingham Fire Service

Events included a trip to the famous Newman Coffin Works Museum in Birmingham and the Christmas quiz.

Here’s the 2020 programme of talks and events:

COVID: Please note, the Society meetings are currently postponed.  A decision will be made in the new year as to when the meetings will resume.  Thank you for your patience at this time.


  • January 13th          Life With the Kynoch Lions: Paulette Burkill
  • February 10th        Festival of Britain: Janice Andrews
  • March 9th               King Charles’s Most Faithful Servant: Elaine Joyce
  • April                          Visit Highbury Theatre Behind the Scenes: Date to be confirmed
  • May 11th                  Castle Bromwich Airfield After WW1: Chris John 
  • June 8th                       A Walk Down Summer Lane: Beryl Evans
  • July                           Visit National Memorial Arboretum: Date to be confirmed.
  • August 10th            Back to Backs 1920s – 1960s: Gina While
  • September 14th      History of Salford Bridge: Paul Perkins               
  • October 12th           Birmingham Breweries: Chris Jukes
  • November 9th         Smethwick in the Second World War: Mary Bodfish
  • December 14th       AGM & Christmas Quiz, Drinks & Nibbles: Members Only          

New members are always welcome. The membership fee is just £5.00 per calendar year and then £1 per meeting for members.  Visitors can attend a meeting for £2.00.

To join or for more information contact email:

WW1 Graves at St. Barnabas – Commemorative booklet

Members also recently spent 18 months researching the WW1 war graves in the St. Barnabas church yard and produced a wonderful, commemorative booklet with the help of project leader, Billy Carslaw and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Click here to view the booklet.





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