Bertz Associates is a not-for-profit organisation set up to initiate projects with a particular focus on creating opportunities for emerging artists of ethnically & culturally diverse backgrounds in the West Midlands.


Bertz Associates are creating a community documentary about the history of roller skating in Birmingham which started in 1876 with the building of the Tower Ballroom at the Edgbaston Reservoir in Ladywood. This project is funded by an Everyday Heritage Grant from Historic England.

To tell this history, we are looking to include stories from local people in the community and are keen to gather as many memories as possible. We are calling out to people from across Birmingham and beyond to share any stories they have of roller skating at the Tower. We invite submissions from anyone and everyone, and are especially keen to hear from anyone with related photographs, home films, memorabilia and objects.

Memories can be submitted here: Submission Form

Alternatively, people may email their stories to or call 0121 572 0685

A huge thanks to all our partners and funders