A plethora of beautiful Birmingham buildings enriched with history are set to open their doors to the public together for the first time ever.

The event, on Saturday 9th September, which has been organised by Selly Manor Museum and Bournville Village Trust is part of the national Heritage Open Day Festival.

The festival that will see 5,000 events taking place across England in celebration of the country’s history and culture, attracts families and individuals locally and internationally.

The 11 venues in Bournville which tell the story of the city’s famous chocolate-making family and provides a rare insight into the wonderfully fascinating story of the Cadbury family, will open to the public for free from 10am – 4pm.

From George Cadbury Junior’s former home where the Cadbury children’s heights were measured on the doorframe, to houses dating back to 1897 that where originally built for retired chocolate factory workers.

Daniel Callicott, Manager of Selly Manor Museum: “We are so lucky to be surrounded with history in Bournville and this event brings many of our historic gems together to celebrate George Cadbury’s wonderful garden village and legacy.

“We would love for visitors to come along and see places which they may never have had the chance to explore before, even though they may be right on their doorstep. Each building will bring the village’s history to life with a range of events including guided tours, music, trails and activities, and all the venues are absolutely free to visit.”

Other buildings that will open for Bournville’s Heritage Open Day include:

  • Selly Manor Museum – dating back to 1474, Selly Manor was rescued from demolition by George Cadbury and founded as a museum
  • Bournville Junior School – opened by George and his second wife Dame Elizabeth, the school features Bournville-inspired frescoes painted in 1914
  • St Francis Church – completed in 1925, George ensured land was set aside for this Anglican church despite being a Quaker himself
  • Quaker Meeting House – built in 1905, you’ll find a bust of George Cadbury here where his ashes, and those of Dame Elizabeth, are buried.
  • Gardens at Woodbrooke – the Quaker study centre was founded in 1903 by George Cadbury and is Europe’s only centre of this type. It also features beautiful grounds and gardens.
  • Bournville Carillon – a rare sight in the UK, the Bournville Carillon is not only one of the largest of its kind but also one of only two working carillons in Britain.
  • Rest House – paid for by employees of Cadbury, this building marks the silver wedding anniversary of George and Elizabeth in 1913.
  • St Lazar’s Church – highly decorative, the church was built for political refugees from Yugoslavia after World War II. Dame Elizabeth sponsored thirteen Serbian refugee children during World War I.
  • The Bournville Experience – part of Cadbury World, the experience focuses on the Quaker ethics of the Cadbury family and how Bournville was built.

More information and a detailed map of each location, including information on refreshments, toilets, recommended time to spend at each venue, car parking and accessibility can be downloaded here.



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