Black Tudors: Tour of Selly Manor

Black Tudors: Tour of Selly Manor
From 16 March 2024 at 11:00 AM
To 16 March 2024 at 2:00 PM
Cost £9 adult, £8 concession
Location Selly Manor

Black Tudors came to Britain from Europe, from Africa, and from the Spanish Caribbean. Increased interaction between Europeans and Africans was initiated by the Portuguese, who established a presence in North and West Africa in the fifteenth century. 

Despite this growing population there is only one known image of a Black Tudor: John Blanke, a royal trumpeter. John Blanke appears twice on The Westminster Tournament Roll. Inspired by the images of John Blanke, Selly Manor Museum commissioned four young artists of Black Heritage to create visual representations of individual Black Tudors. 

On this tour you will learn about Jacques Francis, the salvage diver of amongst others, the Mary Rose; Catelena, an independent, single woman, living in a small English village; Mary Fillis, a young woman who came to England as a child and later converted to Christianity; and Reasonable Blackman, a weaver of the finest silk. 

Get to see the the artists' work up close and learn more about their process. 

Tour times:



Tour duration approximately 1 hour

You will have the opportunity to look around he manor at the end of the tour. 


£9 adult

£8 concession

Pre-booking essential. Call 0121 472 0199 to purchase tickets. Please state which tour time you want to attend when booking. 

Tickets are non-refundable unless the tour is cancelled by Selly Manor Museum. 

Black Tudors: New Narratives exhibition is in partnership with Black Arts Forum and funded by West Midlands Museum Development.

Accessibility: Part of this tour takes place on the upper floors of Selly Manor which due to the historical nature of the building is only accessible via stairs. If you would like to know more or discuss accessibility then please call the Selly Manor Museum team on 0121 472 0199.