We have had a busy November, following up on all of the contacts made as a result of the publicity in October. Zoë and Julie have done a wonderful job responding to everyone and even following up a few new suggestions for boulders. We will keep you posted if we find anything exciting.
On Saturday 26th November, we held our Fire to Ice family day at Lapworth Museum. This was to coincide with our “Birmingham’s Boulders” exhibition. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who came and decorated snowflakes, made badges and built volcanoes. The feedback was very positive and we couldn’t have done it without you!
What happens next?
We have huge plans for 2023. We have more trails to write and launch – with all the new boulders found during the project, and all the extra information about their history, we are struggling to decide which ones to publicise.
We will also be putting together interpretation panels, to highlight the stories behind some of our favourite stones. To help us do this we will be running some interpretation training sessions. More details will be sent out when dates are finalised.
We have plans for a Fire to Ice trail in Frankley. This is at the early stages, but should be an exciting collaboration with art groups in the area.
We will be learning all about accessibility and creating an accessible trail to help more people visit and understand these wonderful boulders. We will have lots of training opportunities for those who want to know more about how we can share our knowledge with a wider audience. Watch this space for details.
Don’t forget you can still catch our free Birmingham’s Boulders exhibition at Lapworth Museum until the end of January. Details of opening times can be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/lapworth-museum/visit/index.aspx
We have had a wonderful time this year, discovering the boulders and the stories behind them and sharing them with so many people. Thank you to everyone who has been involved this year and we hope to see you all again in 2023.
Beth Andrews and Zoë Jackson.
Thanks to National Lottery players.