Archiving Laurence Cadbury

Archiving Laurence Cadbury

The above photograph is of Laurence Cadbury. Born in 1889 to the prominent Cadbury family. Laurence Cadbury took on a variety of roles in his life; he was a founding member of the Friend’s Ambulance Unit in The First World War, had a keen interest in engineering, and went on to succeed his older brother, Edward, as the chairman to the world famous Cadbury chocolate company in 1944. He was also the man whose Tudor objects and furniture fill Selly Manor Museum.

My name is Branwen, I am a second year history student at The University of Birmingham, and for the next few months I will be working on cataloguing the Sir Adrian Cadbury Archive. The Sir Adrian Cadbury Archive was left to the Bourneville Village Trust, and contains pages and pages of letters, photographs and souvenirs from Laurence Cadbury’s life.

The archive is a record of his work and travels, from big game hunting in Alaska (complete with photographs), to his 1927 trip to Albania during the short-lived First Albanian Republic, which lasted only three years. The archive provides a unique view into not only Laurence Cadbury’s life, but also life in Birmingham, and further afield, in the early 20th Century. Over the coming weeks I will be posting interesting finds and pictures from the archive on the Selly Manor website, as well as museum’s Facebook and Twitter pages.