Moseley Road Baths

We are Moseley Road Baths CIO, a charitable organisation formed in 2018 with a clear and dedicated purpose – to safeguard the historic and iconic Moseley Road Baths swimming pool; we are the only Baths in the country built before 1914 to have continuously hosted swimming since opening in 1907.

Who we are

Moseley Road Baths in its present form, represents the power of the community, who campaigned unremittingly and passionately to keep the Baths open following a threat of closure back in 2015. Out of this community emerged the charity, Moseley Road Baths Charitable Incorporated Organisation (MRBCIO), which has successfully kept the Baths running, against the odds, since April 2018.

Today we stand proud as representatives of the community that campaigned to save it alongside a coalition of national organisations; assembled expressly to work towards realising a future The Baths.

In 2018 Moseley Road Baths CIO, set up by swimmers, local residents, and campaigners, took over the operation of The Baths from local authority management. Moseley Road Baths CIO became part of a coalition, assembled expressly to work towards realising a future that would deliver for the building, the charity, and communities. 

This was the outcome of over a decade of the Friends of Moseley Road Baths  campaigning vocally to keep The Baths open as a public, council owned facility with swimming at its heart.   

About our coalition partners

The coalition has come together to identify a sustainable way forward for the Baths. This excellent combination of community knowledge and heritage sector expertise, has resulted in a blueprint that not only saves the Baths but also adds value to our offer through connecting internally with our neighbours Balsall Heath library.

The National Trust, Birmingham City Council, Moseley Road Baths CIO, Friends of Moseley Road Baths, World Monuments Fund 2023

Saving Moseley Road Baths

2005 to 2021

Since being included in the Heritage at Risk register in 2005, the campaign to ensure that Moseley Road Baths is recognised not only for its heritage value but also for its fundamental importance in remaining a public swimming pool for our communities of Balsall Heath has been extensive. 

Moseley Road Baths is added to the Heritage at Risk register in 2005.
The Baths are the oldest of only five Grade II* listed swimming baths operating in Britain and an iconic element of this part of Birmingham.
We are the only baths in the country built before 1914 to have continuously hosted swimming since we opened.

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Friends of Moseley Road Baths (FoMRB) formed.

The Friends continue to exist alongside Moseley Road Baths CIO, focusing as they always have done on involving the public and acting as the voice of local swimmers. FoMRB have  held events and activities such as Open Days, Heritage tours of The Baths and arts events and have worked closely with the CIO. 

Find out more about the FoMRB here

Pool of Memories
Heritage Lottery Fund project.

The 152-page book features memories drawn from an archive of almost 100 current and former Baths users collected of over the past three years by members of the Friends of Moseley Road Baths. Combined with this the book contains research tracing the building’s development and history dating back to the 1890s.

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The Baths were earmarked for closure by Birmingham City Council.

It was announced that nine leisure centres and swimming pools were earmarked to shut as part of Birmingham City Council’s plans to save £6.8m.  Among those earmarked for close is Moseley Road Baths, due to shut in September 2015.

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Moseley Road Baths added to the World Monuments Fund’s ‘Watch List

A Watch Day in October 2016 attracted over 300 visitors of all ages who enjoyed a day filled with activities hosted by the Friends of Moseley Road, celebrating 109 years of Moseley Road Baths. 

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June 27th Birmingham City Council agreed to keep Moseley Road Baths open for swimming until March 2018. 

The Moseley Road Baths Coalition is delighted that Birmingham City Council has taken the decision to keep Moseley Road Baths open for swimming until the end of March 2018. 

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MRB Action Group formed
Moseley Road Baths Action Group has raised £36,495 to train lifeguards and cover the day to day costs of keeping the pool open for the near future.  An incredible 345 people chipped into an online Crowd funder campaign which raised £17,745 in just 54 days. This has been topped up with a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery Awards for All fund and £8,750 from Birmingham City Council’s Community Innovation Fund.

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A coalition led by the National Trust is formed to reimagine the future of The Baths with swimming at its core. 

The Moseley Road Baths Coalition is made up of Birmingham City Council, the Moseley Road Baths CIO, the Friends of Moseley Road Baths, Historic England, the World Monuments Fund, and the National Trust.

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March, Moseley Road Baths CIO takes over swimming operations from Birmingham City Council.

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March, Historic England grants £707,000 for roof repairs to the Gala pool, work begins.

The Gala Pool reopens at venue for community activity and as an event space. 

Thanks to partnership working between community groups, national and international organisations, and Birmingham City Council the Gala Pool is now able to play an important role as an arts and culture venue while its long-term future is decided.

Historic England has so far grant aided £707,000 to Grade II* listed Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath, one of its largest grants to a project in the Midlands. This funding has ensured the roof is safe and secure, preventing any further weather-related damage to the pool area, which closed in 2003.

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Launch of the National Lottery Reaching Communities funding awarded Communities project.

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Levelling Up Fund  awarded £15,538,541 to Diving in phase 1 Capital Works

Cllr Mariam Khan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care said:

“I’m so proud of the work done by so many organisations working together to breathe new life into this amazing building, though of course this project has always been about far more than this; it is a real community asset, run by and for local people but open to everyone.”

This funding will bring fresh investment and opportunities to the Balsall Heath area.

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The future of Moseley Road Baths

In June 2022, Moseley Road Baths was awarded significant funding to deliver a major £32.7million restoration and capital redevelopment project called ‘Diving In’. This 7 year project which includes Moseley Road Baths and Balsall Heath Library, will repair, restore and transform these two civic heritage buildings which sit at the heart of the Balsall Heath community in South Birmingham. The capital project is divided into two distinct phases which will take place between now and 2028.

Phase 1 - 2022 to 2025

The first phase of works (2022-2025) is underway, fully funded by the Government’s Levelling Up Fund, Birmingham City Council, Historic England and World Monuments Fund. This phase brings forward some of the most urgent repairs that represent an immediate risk to the Baths, adaptations such as a new café and gym space as well as remodelling of the Library. This is all alongside the development of a range of complimentary activities which explore the budlings heritage with a key focus on leisure, health and wellbeing.

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Boardroom & Managers Flat

This phase of capital work, with a total cost of £657,000, marked the restoration of the façade, the ‘Manager’s Flat,’ and the Boardroom at Moseley Road Baths. The project received significant support from the World Monuments Fund, Historic England, and Birmingham City Council


Successful grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund

National Lottery Heritage Fund funded £477,050 for Diving in Development phase

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Closure ahead of Phase 1 works

On 2 October 2023 Moseley Road Baths closed for swimming and all other activities, as the next major phase of work to the building starts.

Works include major roof repairs, installation of a new renewable air source heat pump, installation of level access ramps, a café space in the ‘second-class’ slipper baths, and the remodelling of Balsall Heath library, including the introduction of a mezzanine floor which will double the space for library users. This is an exciting moment for the future of both the Baths and the Library and represents a significant investment in these beautiful and much-loved local spaces.

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Diving in Phase 1 capital works complete.

Phase 2 - 2025 to 2028

Phase 2 will effectively remove Moseley Road Bath’s ‘at risk’ status, with a focus on reintroducing swimming to the Gala Pool, repurposing the second-class pool (Pool 2) as an events space, creating a wellbeing space within the women’s slipper baths as well as a landscaped area at the rear of the building. 

Accompanying this project is a creative, inclusive, and life-enhancing programme of community engagement activities, developed though community consultation and co-design.

Integral to the Diving In initiative is an organisational development process, ensuring that the CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) is equipped and confident in managing new activities, handling larger budgets, catering to a significantly larger audience, and achieving sustainability. Accompanying this project is a creative, inclusive, and life-enhancing programme of community engagement, supported by thorough community consultation and the piloting of various activities.

The Gala Pool

Swimming will return to the Gala pool after more than 20 years including restoration of balconies, viewing gallery and cubicles.

Pool 2

Restoration will bring historic features back to life while removing more modern elements. The pool will be covered over creating a flexible space for events.

The women’s slipper baths

Transformed into a wellbeing hub, utilising original individual cubicles for a range of therapeutic services. Space will host bathing, showers, sauna, reception, and a shop.

Our past projects

Current news

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As this phase of our Diving In project comes to a close, let’s take a look back at what we have achieved so far….