New Film – Future Stirchley


The Living Memory Project has been commissioned by Historic England to produce a short film about Stirchley high street in response to the perceived challenges and opportunities presented by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Over the next 8 weeks a team of young filmmakers will be engaging with local businesses, shops, residents and other high street users to gather contributions and perspectives.

C.H. Leng and Sons Stirchley High Street and Hazelwell Brush Works, taken in 1929. Photography courtesy of Britain from Above


We will be looking at:

• The changing role of the high street and community life
• Survival, resilience and everyday life under COVID 19
• What heritage means – hight street buildings, spaces and people
• What people want the high street to look like/be in the future


This film is part of the Historic England COVID-19 Response Commissions. The Living Memory Project is one of 10 cultural organisations across the UK that have been commissioned to work with young film-makers to capture high streets as they respond to the current situation in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdowns.

The aim of the COVID-19 Response Commissions is to creatively gain an insight into the ways in which high streets are readjusting, recovering and reimagining themselves for the future. The overall programme will create a new set of short films which will be actively considered for inclusion in the Historic England Archive, the nation’s archive for records of England’s historic buildings, archaeology and social history.



Wards on Stirchley High Street, 2020. Photo by Kate Jackson

Stirchley high street. Photo: Kate Jackon

1 thought on “New Film – Future Stirchley”

  1. Watch your Films and very impressed with them.
    I think my dance teacher should be in one of those.
    Couple in they 80’s still running dancing classes.
    Very dedicated and driven .
    First start teaching dancing as students at Stirchley Institute .


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