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Popular Museum marks reopening with special exhibition

A popular Birmingham museum ranked in the top 10 of things to do in the City is to reopen today (5th August) after it was forced to close in response to Covid.

Selly Manor Museum temporarily shut its doors in April in response to government measures to control the spread of the virus and a fall in visitor numbers.

Throughout lockdown the Bournville-based Museum went virtual, offering visitors an online tour and a host of downloadable children’s activities to support families.

Now the museum, ranked nine of 296 things to do in Birmingham on Tripadvisor, will re-open with a pre-book ticketing system and measures to ensure it is clean and safe to visit.

Daniel Callicott, Manager of Selly Manor Museum, said: “We are really pleased to be able to reopen and we have worked hard to introduce measures to keep visitors safe and feel comfortable.

“There will be one way systems throughout the museum, restricted visitor numbers, hand sanitiser stations and additional cleaning.

“To mark our reopening we are also putting on a special exhibition on the History of Selly Manor, from its’ early origins in the 1470s to chocolate maker George Cadbury’s incredible project to move the building in the early twentieth century.  Alongside the exhibition we are also displaying a range of rarely seen paintings and photographs of Selly Manor through the ages.

“For children and families, we have a fantastic Family Trail available and a Time Travellers Challenge to find the secret of the lost jewel in our beautiful gardens which are in full bloom right now.”

To ensure visitors are as safe as possible when they visit, Selly Manor Museum is accepting online bookings only at present. To book, and for further details, please go to https://www.sellymanormuseum.org.uk/news/2020-07-24/re-opening

Opened by George Cadbury, Selly Manor Museum is one of Birmingham’s most historic visitor attractions and welcomes thousands of people, including school children, 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, part of Bournville Village Trust, please visit www.sellymanormuseum.org.uk

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