Your contributions could feature in:
- A project book and website.
- An exhibition at the Library of Birmingham in 2023.
- The project archive.
Post: 69 Station Road, B14 7SS
Call/Text: Chris – 07792736125
1. Tell your story or suggest someone to be interviewed
Be interviewed and have your stories recorded. We are particularly interested in:
- Women: stories that map the changing role of women on allotments.
- Wellbeing: people who feel that growing has had a positive effect on their health and mental wellbeing.
- Diversity: people from a wide range of racial and social backgrounds whose stories are under-represented.
- Older people: allotment holders aged 65+ who have had their plots for a long time (and have a tale to tell).
2. Plot holders archive call-out
- Do you have any photos you have taken of your allotment plot over the years?
- We are able to digitise photos, documents and Super 8 film footage.
Do you have some spare time you can volunteer to the project?
We are looking to recruit a small project team of active and committed volunteers. The project can offer:
- The opportunity to undertake archive training at the Library of Birmingham.
- Training by a specialist to find out about how to record heritage.
- The chance to undertake 22 oral history interviews.
- Experience helping to coordinate heritage sharing events at allotment open days.
- Experience helping develop the exhibition at the Library of Birmingham.
- The chance to create an archive that advocates for the importance of allotments within the city.
Volunteering opportunities will commence in March 2022 and continue until November 2023.
4. Allotment associations
- Are you an allotment association that has already researched and produced a history of your allotment site? Would you like it featured on the project website?
- Do you have any other archive material? We are able to digitise material photos, documents and Super 8 footage.
- Would you like us to come to your allotment open day or summer fair?
- We have a mobile set-up we can bring to record plot holders’ memories and share information about the wider project.