Did you see us on the telly?
Our team have had a very busy October publicising our project. We were very excited to spend a day filming at lots of different locations with Ben Sidwell for BBC Midlands Today. Our volunteers, Julie and Ian, were fantastic at explaining the different aspects of the heritage of these wonderful boulders. The story was so popular it was then shown nationally on BBC Breakfast. This was followed up with an article on the BBC news website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-63289734. This led to Beth doing a live radio interview on BBC West Midlands, which they liked so much they did a follow up a week later!
As if that wasn’t enough, we then featured in The Guardian in print and online: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/oct/19/rock-project-missing-midlands-birmingham-boulders, in The Telegraph online and First News.
Thank you to everyone at all the parks and The Lapworth Museum who were so helpful in letting us film at very short notice.
All this fantastic publicity has really sparked public interest in the erratics and we have had lots of people get in touch to tell us about boulders they know about. The team have been busy cross referencing with maps and doing site visits to see if any of these could be some of our “missing” boulders. There are some promising suggestions that we hope we can share with you soon. We have been really busy with this, so if you have been waiting to hear from us, please be patient, we will get back in touch as soon as possible.
Don’t forget you can still catch our free Birmingham’s Boulders exhibition at The Lapworth Museum until January and we have our ‘From Fire to Ice’ family event, also at The Lapworth, on Saturday 26th November 2022. Details of opening times can be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/lapworth-museum/index.aspx.
Beth Andrews and Zoë Jackson.
Thanks to National Lottery players.