Images from the 2017 Bournville Village Festival

The Bournville Society programme for 2017 - 2018

Welcome to the new season for The Bournville Society

The Bournville Society is one of the most popular local history groups in south Birmingham with over 100 members.

It meets at Dame Elizabeth Hall, Firbank Close off Oak Tree Lane, Bournville B30 1UA.

Monthly, illustrated presentations by renowned speakers take place on the first Wednesday evening of the month, between October and May (excluding January) 7.30-9.00pm.

There is car parking on this site and disabled access. Visitors are most welcome to attend any talk.

For further information please contact Rosemary Shutt on 0121 458 2547.

The Society Programme for 2017 - 2018 continues as follows:

Sat 3 June 2017: A tour of the The Lower Severn Area

A Brian Draper tour of the The Lower Severn Area and west bank of the estuary via Upton upon Severn and along the west bank of the river to Tewkesbury for coffee then on to Gloucester for lunch. We will then follow the west bank of the Severn Estuary to Beachley, taking a tea and comfort stop at Chepstow.

4 October 2017:

Daniel Callicott, Museum Manager at Selly Manor, will be telling us about the life of Lawrence Cadbury, a biography of his life and career from Chairman of Bournville Village Trust to running a national newspaper and his role in the Friends Ambulance Unit. The talk will discuss Laurence Cadbury’s fascination with collecting and the outstanding collection of early furniture and domestic objects at Selly Manor Museum.

1 November 2017:

David Williams talks about gun making in Birmingham through the years, the craft skills, the use of machines and, most significantly, the effect of changing technologies on people's jobs, livelihoods and locations. This presentation will describe the early days of the Birmingham Gun Quarter and its links with the Black Country. It will cover the peaks of production in the Napoleonic and American Civil Wars, the founding of Birmingham Small Arms, the building of Corporation Street and the impact on the Gun Quarter./p>

6 December 2017:

Dr Bob the Magician is a member of the Magic Circle and currently President Elect of the British Magical Society. He will be providing a fascinating slide show and talk illustrating the history and development of magic from the days of the Egyptian Pharaohs leading up to anecdotes on some modern-day performers. In a finale he will perform a live magical cabaret illustrating some of the classical items in his magical repertoire. If you like magic this will both intrigue and amaze you!

7 February 2018:

John Williams gives a talk on his cameraman career at Pebble Mill studios working across most disciplines of programme making including drama, documentaries and current affairs. From the backstreets of cities to the snowy wastes of Antarctica, meeting paupers and kings in places seen and unseen John’s story, told in his book ‘Shoot First – no ordinary life’, will be revealed.

7 March 2018:

Annual General Meeting followed at 8pm by Mike Byrne, chairman of the Acocks Green History Society, explaining that a concentration of community effort over years finally brought some infrastructure investment to Acocks Green and it seemed an opportune moment to raise pride in local identity. Thus commenced a long and sometimes arduous journey to the reality of a heritage trail, with much learned on the way.

4 April 2018: 8 pm:

Antony Barlow, son of Ralph a former manager of Bournville Village Trust and Joan Barlow, is the descendant of one of the oldest Quaker families and through memories and family archives, Antony, a distant relative of George Cadbury, tells a remarkable story of fighting persecution and prejudice and defending Quaker principles.

2 May 2018: 8pm: The Blue Bird Toffee Story

Julian Hunt tells the story of Blue Bird and Harry Vincent Ltd, the Birmingham confectionary company which built a new factory and model village at Hunnington, near Halesowen, in 1927. Blue Bird toffees were made in the country and the images of the factory always had the Clent hills in the background. Julian will take the Blue Bird story from the foundation of the company in 1895 to its closure in the 1990's and will highlight the achievements of Harry Vincent.

Saturday 9 June 2018:

A one-day outing from 8.45am to 6.30pm details to be announced.


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