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Selly Manor Museum in Bournville has been awarded full accreditation by Arts Council England after meeting a set of tough national standards for UK museums.

The museum, managed by Bournville Village Trust, offers visitors the chance to delve into Tudor history, with around 7,000 school pupils visiting each year.

To receive full accreditation, it had to submit detailed paperwork demonstrating how it cares for, carefully conserves and documents its collections. Staff also had to show inspectors how the museum is governed and that the information and services it provides to visitors are user-friendly and engaging.

Gillian Ellis, Heritage Manager at Bournville Village Trust, said: “Being awarded full Arts Council accreditation is a significant step forward for Selly Manor Museum. It shows that we are committed to managing our collections for the enjoyment of visitors and that we are meeting the standard set for museums and galleries across the UK.

“Staff worked incredibly hard to gain the award and become one of the 1,800 museums participating in the scheme across the country.”

Selly Manor Museum, a Grade II* Listed Building, allows visitors to explore Tudor history, including daily life and work, food and cooking, clothing and crime and punishment.

The museum, which was recently awarded Heritage Lottery Funding, also houses the Laurence Cadbury collection of furniture and hosts regular exhibitions, educational tours, workshops, weddings and civil ceremonies.

To find out more about Selly Manor Museum, click here.

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