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It’s lights, camera, action for a Birmingham museum as it launches a series of films to bring history to life and support teachers deliver online lessons during lockdown.

Selly Manor Museum usually hosts hundreds of schools from across the Midlands each year, immersing pupils in lively tours to bring key curriculum subjects to life.

Due to Covid it’s been unable to welcome pupils or do outreach activities, so instead has created two fantastic film packages to support home and school learning.

Based on their successful school visits, the films cover the Tudors and the Great Fire of London and use dramatic story-telling to engage youngsters online.

Each film package includes a virtual tour of the Museum, a collection of short videos on key study areas and a worksheet to complement school teaching and learning.

Daniel Callicott, Manager of Selly Manor Museum, said: “School visits are one of our favourite things at Selly Manor Museum as we love working with teachers to bring history to life for their pupils.

“Due to Covid and lockdowns, we have been closed since last October but that doesn’t mean that we are any less determined to provide support to schools, teachers and students.

“Our new film packages allow children to experience dramatic storytelling, real historical objects and experienced historians, all with the backdrop of two of the oldest buildings in Birmingham.

“They really do bring key topics to life at this very challenging time for teachers and pupils and the money raised from the films will also help support the Museum.”

The film packages are designed to be affordable, accessible and informative and build on the extensive digital content Selly Manor Museum, in Bournville, has delivered over the last 10 months.

Each film package is made up of series of videos with the Tudor package covering topics like Tudor food, games and armour whilst the Great Fire of London package explores how houses were built in the 17th century, different firefighting techniques and the key characters of the Fire.

Each package is £60 per school and allows teachers access to the Museum’s private You Tube channel as many times as they like between Monday 1st February and the end of the summer term in July.

To order a film package, schools can complete a Booking Form and full terms and conditions are on the Selly Manor Museum website https://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, please visit www.sellymanormuseum.org.uk

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