Visitors to Selly Manor Museum can now enjoy a raft of new interactive experiences thanks to a £30,000 funding boost.
The Bournville based museum now boasts audio and digital 3D tours as well as beautiful Tudor costumes for adults and children to wear thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
To experience what bed time was like in the Tudor period, visitors can also now try out a replica truckle bed – which is where maids would normally have slept.
There are also new information books in each of the Museum’s six rooms, a children’s activity trail, a guide book telling the story of the building, which dates back to 1474, and more objects for visitors to pick up and handle.
The Museum, which last year celebrated its centenary, will also soon launch a tour for blind and partially sighted people, which has also been funded by the project.
It’s hoped the improvements, which also received funding from a private donor, will help to bring the history of the impressive house to life for visitors.
Nicki Lupton, Education and Interpretation Officer at Selly Manor Museum, said: “Selly Manor Museum is packed full of history and this funding has allowed us to bring this to life with the changes we have made.
“Last year, we welcomed over 18,000 visitors and 175 schools and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more people to Selly Manor from the local area and beyond this year to share in our unique Museum and the fantastic stories it has to tell.”
Duncan Cadbury, Chair of Bournville Village Trust – which manages Selly Manor Museum – said: “When George Cadbury founded Selly Manor Museum he did so with the wish that it would help to inform and engage people about ‘bygone times’ and these brilliant new interactive exhibits will do just that.
“Visitors won’t just be able to read and see how people lived in Tudor times, but actually experience it too by trying out the new truckle bed and dressing up in a fantastic array of outfits. I think George would be very proud of how the Museum has developed and changed over the last few years, and helped to educate so many people.”
The Museum is managed by housing association and charity Bournville Village Trust, which was also founded by George Cadbury.
For more information about the Museum, visit Selly Manor Museum
The Museum’s next event will be The Great Selly Manor Egg Hunt from 12th-19th April where children can hop on down to enjoy family-friendly Easter-themed craft activities.
Plus, there will also be a Great Egg Hunt with a prize for all the little ones. The event runs from 10am-5pm (weekdays) and 2pm-5pm (weekends) and is £4 for adults, £3 for concessions and £2.50 for children.