Activist Selly Oak

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I was commissioned by the School of History and Cultures at University of Birmingham for Activist Selly Oak, a new project exploring the rich history of activism within the Selly Oak area of Birmingham (I live here!).

The project aims to bring together local and student communities to uncover histories of activism that took place in Selly Oak during the twentieth century. The area has a diverse history of charitable, voluntary and political activism, community action, peace campaigns, and campaigning by political parties.

I made the lettering with home-made protest signs in mind - as if I was using gaffa tape to form words. I neatened these up for legibility but it was important for this logotype not a polished font. Areas I was exploring were home-printing, zines, and other lo-fi printing / photocopying.

This project is incredibly relevant to my interests, I'm pursuing post-graduate education in the use of design for social change and I am fascinated with hand-made lettering and signage. I look forward to seeing how the archive develops over the project.

Getting involved with Activist Selly Oak - If you would like to contribute stories, materials or images that relate to activism in Selly Oak, particularly from 1950 – 1990, contact Patrick Dandy, Project Coordinator at //

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