This has to be one of the greatest losses we have had to endure in this city
The Council attempted to move the New Year celebrations to Eastside a few years ago and it was a dismal failure with a very poor attendance. I think it went back to Centenary Square again the following year.Does anyone go to Eastside? I never have and probably never will. Have not heard anyone speak well of it.
Close to where I live, there are the Balsall Heath Local History Society, the Moseley LHS, and the Kings Heath LHS. All of these have regular meetings with guest speakers and seem to survive on free venues, cheap events and fund raisers. I understand there are similar groups in a lot of other parts of the city. These groups seem to focus on recent history a lot as does this and the other history forums I know of. There seem to be an awful lot of people interested in either their own personal heritage (all those family history websites) or their own personal history (period from birth to the time when work or family took over). There are others that like TV history (Victorian or later depending on what shows are running at the time).I totally agree with you, there is very little interest in our heritage.