A new community project, Digbeth Speaks, has been launched with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Digbeth Speaks will preserve Digbeth’s diverse heritage for the future by capturing a snapshot what the vibrant area is like today.
Volunteers, including young members of Friends of Birmingham Archives and Heritage (FOBAH), and students from the University of Birmingham, will collect stories and take photographs for the project. They will talk to long-standing communities represented in Digbeth, including Polish, Chinese and Irish migrants, along with those just passing through for an event or special occasion.
Carly Hegenbarth, a PhD student at the University of Birmingham and project lead, described Digbeth Speaks as “a kind of time capsule of all the diversity and creativity of Digbeth before it’s lost.” Stories will be uploaded to the Connecting Histories website, while images will be documented via Flickr. The project will culminate in an exhibition and celebratory event for everyone involved.