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Museum brings story of George Cadbury to life with new schools programme

A Birmingham museum has launched a new schools programme that will bring the story of one of the city’s greatest social reformers and the village he created to life.

The programme has been developed by Selly Manor Museum in Bournville and is suitable for both key stage one and key stage two children.

Youngsters will learn about the beautiful garden village of Bournville, the innovative Cadbury brothers behind its development, and the Quaker values that guided George Cadbury.

They will discover the fascinating heritage of Bournville through interactive storytelling, a walking tour, a ‘build a village’ activity and a tour of the Museum.

Students will also gain a greater understanding of the important role that social reformer George Cadbury had in improving welfare and living conditions of families.

They will compare living conditions of Bournville and inner city Birmingham in the 1900s, where children in Bournville were found to be taller and heavier than their inner-city peers.

India Wilson, Bournville Heritage Officer at Bournville Village Trust, which manages the Museum, said: “We are really pleased to announce our new and improved Bournville school programme.

“It covers key curriculum links in both geography and history including using basic geographical vocabulary, simple compass directions and observational skills in fieldwork.

“The programme has also been designed to help children understand events beyond their living memory and study a significant individual of the past which George Cadbury certainly is.”

Sessions are available to book as both onsite visits and outreach. To find out more, go to www.sellymanormuseum.org.uk/learning-tours/schools-education

Opened by George Cadbury, Selly Manor Museum is one of Birmingham’s most historic visitor attractions and welcomes thousands of people every year. Made up of two distinct buildings, it brings Tudor history to life with interactive exhibits, tours, talks and special events.

George opened the Museum after he rescued it from destruction and much of its beautiful collection was donated by the chocolate-maker’s son Laurence.

To find out more about Selly Manor Museum, which is managed by Bournville Village Trust, please visit www.sellymanormuseum.org.uk

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