Afternoon Closure 20th September

Splash & Scream By _underscore

Unfortunately, staff shortages mean that the pool will be closed again from 4pm this afternoon, John’s Aquarobics will run as normal at 7pm, and we apologise to anyone who is going to be disappointed at being unable to swim.  While there have been a few recent closures, it’s a good time to reflect on what we’ve achieved so far!

Birmingham City Council had planned to close Moseley Road Baths completely in summer 2017 and we managed to convince them to extend that to give us time to prepare a business plan to see if we could run swimming ourselves.  Our Trustees are all volunteers who have put in hours of work so that we were ready to take over in April this year and have continued to give their time to try to give our beautiful historic pool the future it deserves.

Zohra, reception volunteer, with her swim course certificate
Albertha, one of our reception volunteers

We’ve recruited a few members of staff and many more volunteers from the local community who have all been working hard to make Moseley Road Baths a friendly and welcoming place.  Our new apprentice starts soon and we’re also still recruiting and training volunteers so that there will be fewer closures in the future and so that we can open for longer for local swimmers.  We ran our first course of women only swimming lessons during the summer and our first women’s lifeguarding course starts this weekend so that we’ll be able to offer more women only sessions in the future and meet the needs of our local community.

We’re also continuing to work alongside Historic England, World Monuments Fund, National Trust and Birmingham City Council to try to find ways to restore Moseley Road Baths to its former glory.  Whilst we’ve had a few problems lately, we’re listening to your feedback and working hard to #keepswimmingmrb!

Meet The Team

Rosalind Parker

_underscore is the work of international team Rosalind Parker and Leanne Vandenbussche. It specialises  in creating aesthetic experiences for audiences which adapt classic texts to site specific spaces and work with the operatic canon to explore new relationships between space and sound.

 

Leanne Vandenbussche

Leanne is a Dutch scenographer working in the field of theatre, opera and performance design across Europe. She creates experimental (opera) experiences that bring singer and audience closer together by removing stage and the unwritten rules of theatre.

Emma-Kate Matthews

London-based multidisciplinary artist, composer and architect Emma-Kate Matthews releases the Far Flung EP on Algebra, on November 4th. The release is available digitally and as a series of limited edition transparent lathe cut 12” with artwork made by Emma-Kate, that includes a series of music videos featuring a digitally simulated cloth and its physical counterpart, in the form of a handmade textile artwork included with each record.

Ryan
Munroe

Ryan Munroe is freelance Dancer, Choreographer and Dance facilitator. He trained at London Contemporary Dance School whilst maintaining a keen interest and practice in other dance styles and genres. Beginning the journey of seeing the world through a visual and physical lens. Ryan’s work includes working for universal records, NBC universal, independent site-specific work and dance theatre.

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