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Heritage activities and projects

We love sharing our heritage and interpreting it in today’s context to develop a greater understanding of our past.

Walking tours and heritage trail

Looking for a fascinating tour for you or your group? We offer regular historic walking tours of Bournville on everything from architecture to the Cadbury Family and women of Bournville. For more information, please call us 0121 472 0199 or email sellymanor@bvt.org.uk. You can also explore the heart of Bournville through a self-guided walking tour by downloading our Bournville heritage trail below.

Memory café

We’ve teamed up with St Francis Church and Youth and Community Centre in Bournville, to run a dementia-friendly memory café every Wednesday (during term time), 12.30pm-2.30pm, at St Francis Youth and Community Centre, Sycamore Road, B30 2AA. The drop-in café is FREE and light refreshments are included. Café sessions include hands on activities with objects from Selly Manor Museum or Bournville to help spark conversation and memories, workshops exploring the history of cooking and cakes, board games, quizzes and friendly conversations. The project is funded by the Selly Oak Neighbourhood Network Scheme (NNS).

Past-Future youth programme

If you or someone you know is aged 16-18 and interested in the heritage industry, then Past-Future could be for you.  An immersive heritage experience run every year, Past-Future supports young people to build vital skills and experience. Throughout the week-long summer programme, young people learn about the heritage industry, try out different jobs, learn about local history, plan an event, visit heritage sites and influence what we do for young people at the Museum. For details or to register your interest, please email India Wilson, Bournville Heritage Officer, at indiawilson@bvt.org.uk

School visits and outreach

We love working with schools to bring heritage to life and we provide educational sessions exploring the history of Bournville Village to school groups from across the West Midlands. Educational sessions are aimed at key stages one, two, and three and include a walking tour of Bournville Village Green, exploration around the Quaker ethos that guided the Cadbury family and a chance for children to design their own Bournville-inspired village.

As well as onsite tours, our Heritage team also do outreach by travelling to schools. They take museum objects to help bring Bournville’s story to life at schools. To find out more about school visits or outreach, please go to https://sellymanormuseum.org.uk/learning-tours/schools-education

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