Peaky Blinders: The Real Story

Peaky Blinders: The Real Story
From 3 July 2020 at 2:00 PM
To 3 July 2020 at 3:30 PM
Cost £7.50
Refreshments Served

THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED.

Following government advice over coronavirus the museum is closed until further notice. We are currently making arrangements to offer refunds to all ticket holders. If you purchased your tickets online through Bournville Community Hub you will be refunded directly by them by the end of April 2020. If you have any queries regarding online ticket refunds please email [email protected]

To obtain a refund for tickets purchased directly from Selly Manor Museum please complete an Event Refund Form and email to [email protected]

We plan to reschedule the event. The date of a future performance is yet to be confirmed but will be advertised on this page and through our social media platforms. If you have any questions please use the contact form below.


The fictional Peaky Blinders as we know them, are infused with drama and dread. Fashionably dressed, the charismatic but deeply flawed Shelby family blind enemies by slashing them with the disposable safety razor blades stitched in to the peaks of their flat caps. But who were the real Peaky Blinders? And did they really exist?

Well-known social historian and author of Peaky Blinders: The Real Story, Carl Chinn has spent decades searching them out, one of whom was his own great grandfather, and, like the Shelbys, his grandfather was an illegal bookmaker in the back-streets of Birmingham in the 1920s. In this gripping heritage talk, Carl shines a light on the rarely reported struggles of the working class in one of the great cities of the British Empire before the First World War. The story continues after 1918 as some Peaky Blinders transformed into the vicious and violent Birmingham Gang, led by the real Billy Kimber, they fought a bloody war with the real London gangsters Darby Sabini and Alfie Solomon over the lucrative protection rackets extorting money from bookmakers across the booming post-war racecourses of Britain. 


This talk takes place on Friday 3rd July. The talk begins at 2pm, please do join us for a complimentary tea or coffee as you arrive. The manor will also be open for you to enjoy.

£7.50 per person. Booking essential. PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.

Free admission to this event does not apply for BVT residents

Accessibility: The talk takes place in the medieval hall of Minworth Greaves which is on ground level. The tour takes place throughout Selly Manor which has steep stairs and uneven floors. You will find detailed information about accessibility of the site on our Your Visit page. If you would like to know more or discuss accessibility then please call the Selly Manor Museum team on 0121 472 0199