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My Route Launch

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Sampad presents the My Route Exhibition Trail:

13 June – 10 July 2015

The High Sheriff was honoured to accompany Sampad Chair Ranjit Sondi CBE and Ceo Pilai Ray OBE to launch the  MY Route Exhibition, Book and trail along the Stratford Road from Camp Hill to Robin Hood Island in Birmingham.


The launch saw many people from the Sparkhill Community meet in the Bordsely centre – once a grammar school now a Community Centre in Camphill at the beginning of the Sparkbrook Road Route.

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‘A People’s History of Stratford Road’– 134 page full colour publication.
my route book nh holds up book

My Route was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Reyahn King, Head of West Midland’s HLF said it is one of the best community projects the HLF has supported. 39




The exhibition also includes a specially designed interactive table featuring many collected stories. Another great table by John Sears18759407635_eec0fc9346_z

The book with its special mobile phone app launches augumented reality videos and audio stories directly from the page. 18761882211_fa854a4c43_z


MY Route exhibition trail paints a picture of what it is to live and work on
Stratford Road, giving insights into the rich social history of the area. Stratford Road has long been an arrival point for new migrants arriving in Birmingham, many of whom have settled and become important members of the community.

Follow jas sansi’s flikr steam for great photo coverage of the event.

Following the launch taxis took people to the outside exhibition where 11, 3 metres high images of Stratford Road residents are placed on Stratford Road Baptist Church and the former Hubb Community Arts Centre building (adjacent to the Aldi car park in Sparkbrook). They are accompanied by short audio clips housed in purpose-built units designed by pioneering artist Brian Duffy, best known for his work with the Modified Toy Orchestra.  The brilliant pictures are new photographs by the internationally-respected artist Handsworth based Vanley Burke. A new post will cover this soon.

For more see the My Route Website designed by birmingham design agency Substrakt.

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