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A Birmingham museum which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year is to host a series of hands-on summer workshops for children starting from next week.

The workshops, which cost just £4 each, will start on Tuesday 23rd August and run to Thursday 1st September, at 10am and 1pm at Selly Manor Museum in Bournville.

Each day, children will be able to take part in a hands-on workshop where they will learn how to make crafts, draw or design from experienced and friendly staff.

Sessions will range from superheroes, where children will make their own masks, capes and utility belts, to an illustration session where youngsters will learn how to draw and bring characters to life.

There will also be dinosaur and paper planes workshops and an animation & old-school cinema session, where youngsters create their own mini theatres and puppets.

Gillian Ellis, Heritage Manager at Selly Manor Museum, said: “Our workshops are full of fun, hands-on and diverse with just about something to suit every child. All children will be able to take the crafts they’ve made home with them too.”

Booking for the summer workshops is essential and costs £4 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, please call Selly Manor Museum on 0121 472 0199 or visit sellymanormuseum.org.uk

Dating back to 1474, Selly Manor was once thought to be the manor house for Selly until research revealed it was a prosperous house that was home to a host of colourful characters.

In the 19th century, it was split into three small cottages and became known as The Rookery, housing 21 people in cramped and squalid conditions.

It slowly fell into disrepair until, busy expanding his chocolate factory and overseeing the build of Bournville, it was spotted by George Cadbury who had it carefully taken down piece by piece and moved to its current site.

By the time the work was complete in 1916, The Rookery had a new name – Selly Manor – and today, it continues to educate visitors on how people cooked, dressed and lived 500 years ago.

Selly Manor Museum is managed by registered charity and housing association, Bournville Village Trust.

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