Young archaeologists unearth Elmdon Park’s past


An exhibition curated by the Solihull Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) to celebrate the history of Elmdon Park is now open for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Solihull YAC members, mostly aged 8-13, have been working with library staff, volunteers and local historian, Stephen Carr, to discover more about Elmdon Park’s past as part of this year’s Festival of Archaeology.

The exhibition, which is being hosted in The Core’s Heritage Gallery until 14 September 2023, showcases the children’s research and archaeological findings.

Councillor Wazma Qais, Cabinet Member for Communities & Leisure, said:

“This is a great exhibition, charting the park’s development from the old Elmdon Hall Estate to a public space, and is yet another example of the interesting research being carried out by local people. I’d encourage everyone to head over to The Core to delve into this fascinating local history, especially during the summer holidays.

“It was only earlier this year that our Heritage and Local Studies librarian, Tracey Williams, was shortlisted for a prestigious Libraries Connected Award in recognition of her work to set up the Solihull YAC. So, it’s great to see the group growing and progressing.

“I’d like to thank our young, budding archaeologists, and all those involved with the Solihull YAC, for their effort and hard work to bring the borough’s rich history to life!

“May I remind people, however, that unauthorised digging on council land is not permitted. If you are interested in history, archaeology and the work of the Solihull YAC, please get in touch. Parents or guardians can apply for children to join from January 2024, but the group are always on the lookout for volunteer helpers.”

The Solihull YAC are looking for volunteers aged 16 and over, with an interest in history, archaeology and working with children, who can spare two hours per month on a Saturday morning. Interested? Please contact Tracey Williams, Library Specialist (Heritage & Local Studies), ( / 0121 704 6976) for more information.