They Made It Happen! exhibition in the Heritage Gallery on the first floor of The Core Library, Solihull from July-September 2018 celebrated the self-build housing associations which were set up by people so desperate for a home of their own to rent that they built their own, and then rented it from the housing association. At the time, they had no expectation of being able to buy the houses although, when regulations were relaxed a few years later, most were subsequently able to buy.
On Solihull’s Charter Day, 11th March 1954, Princess Margaret visited Solihull to present the Urban District with a Royal Charter of Incorporation as a Borough.
A group of local photographers and film-makers put together a film of the day’s events. The following is an extract showing some of the preparations.
Heritage & Local Studies Librarian