New Films of Bournville

New Films of Bournville
From 2 May 2024 at 4:00 PM
To 2 May 2024 at 8:30 PM
Cost £7 per person
Location Selly Manor Museum
Refreshments Served

New Films of Bournville

After the success of our Films of Bournville showings last year, we have uncovered even more archival films!

See a NEW selection of rare archival films of Bournville from the 1940s and 50s. These black and white films show different aspects to Bournville village life during the mid 20th century and have been digitised for the first time after being cared for at the Village Trust archive for over 60 years.

Depicting scenes that bring Bournville to life from nearly 80 years ago, the films are true gems. We will show a documentary created by the Bournville Village Trust in 1940's looking at post war housing provisions in Birmingham. The documentary shows interviews with local people living in inner housing compared to the suburbs and proposes an ideal garden village development for post-war cities.

Our other films were created by a local amateur filmmaker and capture what makes the garden village of Bournville special. From the self-build project at Cobs Field, where local residents built their own bungalows in the 1950's to the different trades available within the Cadbury factory for apprentices. Ending the showings with a special short film celebrating the visit made by young Queen Elizabeth in 1955 to Birmingham and her stop in Bournville.

Films being shown:

  • 'When we build again' Documentary by BVT (1945)
  • The “Building Boys” – Building the bungalows at Cobs Field: A self-build project (1951-52)
  • Choosing a trade at Cadbury’s (1940’s)
  • Royal Visit to Bournville (1955)

The films will be interspersed by memories and reflections, taken from the wonderful Bournville Works Magazines as we look to capture the essence of Bournville once again. 

Please Note: These films are completely different than those previously shown on 4th May and 20th July last year.

The New Films of Bournville screenings take place at 4pm and 7pm on Thursday 2nd May. Please state which viewing you would like to attend when booking. Each screening is approximately 90 minutes. 

Cost and Booking
£7 per person. To book please call Selly Manor Museum on 0121 472 0199. Tickets include complimentary tea and coffee. Please come early to look around Selly Manor itself (included in the ticket price).

Selly Manor Museum, Maple Road, Bournville, B30 2AE

The talk takes place in the medieval hall of Minworth Greaves which is on the grounds floor and is wheelchair accessible. You will find detailed information about accessibility on the Your visit section 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.