Thursday, 19 March 2015

Olton residents commemorate war in new exhibition

L-R: Kathy Guard; The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mrs Kate Wild;
Cynthia Veal; Mary Duggan; and Brian Gibbs.
A new exhibition on the First World War is now open for residents to learn more about the lives of past borough residents.

The exhibition, called ‘Olton Remembers’, focusses on a war memorial displayed in St Margaret’s Church in Olton which includes two alabaster tablets featuring the names and regiments of 52 local servicemen. The memorial also consists of a magnificent stained glass window in the church designed by John Hardman & Co., Birmingham.

Churchgoers created the exhibition with the intention to explore history behind the 52 men, referring to the display as ‘Stories of the Names by the Doors’ and it began as a project displayed only in St Margaret’s Church before being moved to the Heritage Gallery.

On Tuesday 17 March, the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mrs Kate Wild, visited the exhibition at Solihull Central Library. The Mayor said: “I am delighted to support this exhibition and the incredible degree of care and dedication shown by all of the local researchers. It is important to engage with our local history and not just allow these ‘names by the doors’ to fade into the background. I would encourage anyone with an interest in our communal heritage to pay this wonderful project a visit.”

‘Olton Remembers’ will be displayed free of charge in the Heritage Gallery on the first floor of Solihull Central Library until 16 May 2015. For more information about Solihull local history, please visit Solihull Central Library’s Heritage and Local Studies section.

For details of all casualties of the war from both the existing Solihull borough and the old Solihull rural district, follow the Solihull Remembers blog at

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