The Sweet Life of Bournville

The Sweet Life of Bournville
From 8 September 2020 at 10:00 AM
To 2 October 2020 at 4:00 PM
Cost normal museum admission applies


An exhibition of over 400 archival photographs of George Cadbury’s Bournville, presented by The Bournville Society history group. These images reveal the origins and architecture of the famous garden village and help to plot the daily lives of those that have called it home. Many of the photographs have rarely been seen before and offer a glimpse into what makes Bournville so special.

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A taste of the wonderful archival images on show in the exhibition. Left: A Bournville Works Housing Society trip in 1926.
Centre: The Rowheath Lido in 1937. Right: A 1940s cycle race at the Men's Recreation Ground.

Social Distancing

The safety of our staff and visitors is very important to us. We will ensure measures are taken to keep you safe at this exhibition. The exhibition will have a one way route, social distancing will be observed, hand sanitiser stations will be in place and face coverings will be required.

Booking Information

***PLEASE NOTE - Due to popular demand we have now extended the exhibition until 2nd October***

This exhibition takes place from 8th September - 2nd October 2020 and is open on Tuesday - Friday only 10am - 4pm.
(Please note: Last entry is 3.45pm however we remain open until 5pm to ensure all of our visitors have sufficient time to enjoy the exhibition and manor).

The exhibition will not be on display on Mondays, Weekends or Friday 25th September

Normal online booking is strongly recommended. Please visit our Re-Opening page for full details and to book your tickets now.

Normal admission prices apply. BVT residents are entitled to free entry and must pre-book a ticket to guarantee entry - please select 'Local Resident' during the online booking process.

The exhibition will be held in the medieval hall of Minworth Greaves at Selly Manor Museum. 


The exhibition takes place in the medieval hall of Minworth Greaves which has a level entrance and floor. You will find detailed information about accessibility of the site on our Your visit page of our website. If you would like to know more or discuss accessibility then please call the Selly Manor Museum team on 0121 472 0199.

This event is part of Birmingham Heritage Week