Moseley Road Baths is a significant source of local Pride, this is most likely due to the fact it adds distinctiveness and authenticity to Balsall Heath through its function, architecture (Grade 2*) listed and social heritage. Common Ground [a charity based in Dorset, which advocates community conservation and environmental education] also talsk about the ephemeral and invisible and how they are important to local distinctiveness: customs, dialects, celebrations, names, recipes, spoken history, myths, legends and symbols.
“Local Distinctiveness was an idea that emerged from Common Ground in 1985 and came to the fore in projects like New Milesones and Parish Maps. Local implies neighbourhood or parish; Distinctiveness is about particularity in the buildings and land shapes, the brooks and birds, trees and cheeses, places of worship and pieces of literature. It is about history and nature jostling with each other, layers and fragments, old and new. The ephemeral and invisible are important too: customs, dialects, celebrations, names, recipes, spoken history, myths, legends and symbols.”