In Community Is Our Strength - Druids Heath

Well done A Level Playing Field on such a fantastic project. Druids Heath is at the bottom of the indices of multiple deprivation for Birmingham (by quite a margin), and for many reasons the work artist Jayne Murray is doing in Druids Heath with the community is vital. The cover image is by Jayne, it wraps round the spine and there’s greenery on the back page - Druids Heath is more than its tower blocks. Inside the 88pp book, printed by Tuckey Print, are archive materials from the Wolfson Archives at Library of Birmingham, contributions, interviews and portraits (by Rob Clayton) of local residents, and a thorough documentation of housing and development issues, and of course, Baverstock. I loved working on this project and learning about Druids Heath. We’re going to make the book available as an e-book, and are printing a second edition, so if you didn’t get hold of a copy from Druids Heath Library, drop Jayne a line. The project has received further funding so make sure to follow A Level Playing Field for updates.

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SHOUT Festival 2019

SHOUT festival guides (with x4 covers no less) available now from Birmingham LGBT centre and soon across the city, following the programme launch last week.

All the colour and an absolute joy. There’s a ‘how to use this guide’ in the front with the welcome letter, and a pull-out listings and map centrefold. This was a great idea by Adam Carver who’s a dreamboat to work with💥.

SHOUT have a commitment to removing barriers and have detailed important info for the events, such as access, age ratings and trigger warnings. Every single event is wheelchair accessible (this should be a given in this day and age but it isn’t, yet). There are also free tickets for people on a low income: generous and inclusive.

SHOUT are doing important work in the city and I’m so proud to have worked on the designs this year. I’ll be seeing you there 🙌

More info & tickets at www.shoutfestival.co.uk

📸swiped photo from SHOUT via Facebook

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Cotteridge Park Rocks

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This map - in print - is one of the end result’s of an 18 month HLF-funded project Cotteridge Park Rocks. Friends of Cotteridge Park received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to enable the park volunteers to find out more about the history and geology of the park, to record oral histories and enhance the park’s historic arboretum.

Large boulders were found when the park was laid out in the early 20th century. Louis Barrow (Chief Engineer at the Cadbury Factory and a geologist) had them excavated and put on display. Even Professor Lapworth (of Lapworth Museum of Geology), visited the park to see them. We know that the rocks are a feature of the drift geology of this region. These ‘glacial erratics’ travelled via a glacier from north Wales up to 400,000 years ago - they were left behind when the ice melted. We’ve discovered they were formed from a volcano about 450 million years ago!

New technology was a large part of documenting the project, Podnosh has created an online map with layers where you can find out more about the stories of the park - with plotted on quotes, photos and trees. As you walk round the park you can use your smart phone to receive these stories/info at site-specific locations. If you do not have access to a smartphone, or online, the printed map is the most accessible and tactile version - you can pick up a printed map at CoCoMAD. It has been printed on FSC-approved paper and with environmentally-friendly inks.

I created a bright + fun brand identity and icon set, and this A5 fold out to A3 printed map which has been modified for Issuu, below.

More about the project, including how you can get involved such as adding your own stories and photos to the map - on the park's website:- https://cotteridgepark.org.uk/history/map/

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