Creative Photography and Warley Woods


June 30


10:30 am - 02:30 pm

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Chance Heritage Trust


Padgham Room

The Pavillion 101 Lightwoods Hill, Smethwick, B67 5ED

Smethwick, England, GB, B67 5ED

Explore the beautiful wild spaces of Warley Woods with photographer Geoff Broadway in this creative photography workshop

Step into nature and learn about the historic woodland and meadows of Warley Woods.

Designed by Humphrey Repton in the 17th century, this stunning community park is not just a site of national importance for conservation, but also a great place to shine up on your photography skills!

Join your host Geoff Broadway and explore the park in a guided walk as you learn more about how to improve your photographs using your smartphone. This in-depth hands-on workshop will feature a show-and-tell session to help you make the best use of your camera phone, and use it to be more creative as we explore one of Smethwick’s most-loved parks. The workshop will also feature a session on how to make your photos really stand out using a range of freely available phone apps.

Beginners welcome!

Fun, creative and unique, this will be an engaging way to expand your knowledge of your local area.

Join us for this workshop, and you’ll get the chance to:

  • Explore the 100-acre community park of Warley Woods
  • Learn about your local history
  • Develop your photography skills
  • Learn from our friendly professionals, and share your own knowledge with fellow creative minds!



Geoff Broadway is a UK-based artist, filmmaker, project director, mentor and coach with over 25 years of experience working in the arts, heritage and education sectors. He has lectured in the field of photograph, design and interactive technologies in the UK and New Zealand, and has undertaken several major artist residencies including Durham Cathedral and Medio-Lab Prado, Madrid. He is the founder and the current director of the Living Memory Project CIC which specialises in recording life stories alongside personal photographs to create publications, exhibitions, films and events across the UK. The Living Memory Project work with oral historians, storytellers, photographers, artists and filmmakers to produce projects that celebrate the rich lives and experiences of ordinary people from all walks of life and different cultural backgrounds.



Where is this event happening?

We’ll be meeting at the Padgham Room, at the Pavilion in Warley Woods for a brief introduction, before heading out for the guided walking workshop. We will then return to the Padgham Room to review our photographs and try our hand at editing them.

Please note there is some undulating ground and some uneven steps on the guided walk

Do I need to bring anything?

This workshop will teach you how to improve your smartphone photography skills, to take part, please bring along a smartphone with a camera function.

Please also bring any snacks or refreshments you may need for the duration of the four-hour session. There is a cafe on site and there will be a refreshment break midway through the workshop.

This session will be mostly outdoors, so please dress appropriately and wear suitable footwear.

  • A smartphone with a working camera
  • Any snacks or refreshments
  • Suitable footwear
  • Weather appropriate clothing (waterproofs/hats/suncream)

What happens if it rains?

This event will go ahead rain or shine. We strongly suggest you check the forecast ahead of time, and prepare for rain if necessary – don’t forget waterproofs and a brolly!



Made in Smethwick is an exciting season of events and activities taking place in and around Smethwick, highlighting the rich global history of local area.

Focusing on stories relating to two former industrial sites – Chance Brothers Glassworks and Soho Foundry and Mint – the events are a chance for people to explore the town’s industrial heritage, discover the history of their neighbourhood, and share their own ideas about what it’s like to live, work, and grow up in the area.


This isn’t the only event! Check out the full programme here.


This project has been funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.



Chance Heritage Trust is on a mission to raise the cultural profile of Smethwick’s industrial heritage, and bring former industrial buildings – like the iconic Chance Glassworks – back into use within the community.

Now, with help from the Community Renewal Fund, Chance Heritage Trust is starting to develop plans for the Chance Glassworks site.

This survey is part of a wider programme of community consultation, which will help to shape these plans.

How would you like to see these buildings used? And, apart from living and working spaces, what kind of opportunities and facilities should they contain for community use?

Fill out this short survey to have your say.