Selly Manor Museum is to host a series of free and low cost special events to mark it’s centenary

13055736_10153784953402732_23515050253102071_oThe Museum is celebrating 100 years since it was saved from demolition, moved piece-by-piece to Bournville, and opened by chocolate-making philanthropist George Cadbury.

Since then it has welcomed thousands of visitors from across the world who have explored its fascinating exhibits, dressed up in Tudor-style costumes and learnt all about life 500 years ago.

Dates For The Diary:

12th June – A free Edwardian-style tea party to thank Bournville residents and visitors to the Museum for their support.

The party will feature free tea and cake, garden games, entertainment – including Professor McGinty’s Amazing Flea Circus – and live music. Due to limited places, people are asked to book by 18th May to avoid disappointment.

In August – A free exhibition charting the history of Selly Manor, the exhibition will include never-before-seen heritage photographs dating back to 1916 showing the Museum’s move and reconstruction.

The photographs, from the personal albums of William Alexander Harvey – the architect responsible for many of Bournville’s Arts and Crafts homes – will run from 2nd August to 19th August.

8th September and 13th October – Two heritage talks – £2 per person – including one by Cadbury family descendant Duncan Cadbury.

13071896_10153784954222732_6663159936885333245_oDaniel Callicott, Selly Manor Museum Manager, said: “This is such an important year for the Museum so we wanted to put on some extra special events that celebrate the building and its unique history.

“We also wanted to thank and celebrate the centenary with people living in Bournville and the wider area who have shown great support for the Museum over the years.

“The special events, which are either free or at a low cost, will be in addition to our full and exciting events calendar, which includes family fun activities, exhibitions and workshops.”

For more information about the Museum, which is managed by Bournville Village Trust (BVT), visit


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