Birmingham in Common

As part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported project ‘Birmingham’s Commonwealth Heritage – the Lunar Legacy’, the Lunar Society initiated a schools’ project called ‘Birmingham in Common’. Interactive, hands-on workshops were delivered in local primary schools using archive documents, old photographs & images and objects. Handling these materials in small groups, pupils explored the history of Empire and links to the Commonwealth. This short film summarises the project and shows the children engaging in controversial subjects that impact all people living in Birmingham today. The long term legacy of the schools’ project is a resource box, consisting of objects and a teaching resources, available to schools from the Birmingham Museums Trust’s ‘Museum in a Box’ (BMT School Loan Service).