Four reasons you should come to Bournville for Heritage Open Days 2015

Local historic buildings in Bournville will be open to the public this weekend, 10-13 September, as part of Open Heritage Days 2015.

Here are four reasons that Bournville is a great place to visit this weekend and gain free access to many of our historic properties.

1: Selly Manor will let you try some armour on.

Selly Manor

Selly Manor (by ‘Reading Tom’ on Flickr)

Maple Road, Bournville, Birmingham, West Midlands, B30 2AE

Selly Manor is an ancient timber framed building in the heart of Bournville village. Try on armour and our NEW adult and children’s Tudor costumes. Traditional indoor and outdoor games to play. PLUS in the medieval hall, Minworth Greaves, there will be displays of the history and development of Bournville village, using photographs seldom seen by the public. No booking required. Saturday 12 September: 1000-1700.

2: You can see inside the only Quaker Meeting House to have an organ

65 Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham, West Midlands, B30 1JT

Visitors can look around the building, which is unusually elaborate and more church-like than is usual for a Quaker Meeting House. As the first building in the village for religious worship, George Cadbury wanted it to appeal to everyone, and be suitable for community use. It is the only Quaker Meeting House to have an organ, built by Harrison and Harrison and installed in 1915 as a gift from George and Elizabeth Cadbury to celebrate their Silver wedding anniversary. Members of the Meeting will be present to talk about the Quakers, their history and beliefs, and Quaker literature and a small exhibition will be available. Families and children are welcome. Saturday 12 September: 1400-1700. Sunday 13 September: 1400-1700

3:  You can learn how to save money at one of the most energy efficient houses in Birmingham 

39 Hawthorne Road, Kings Norton, Bournville, Birmingham, West Midlands, B30 1EQ

Pioneering owners of some of the UK’s most eco-friendly SuperHomes are hosting free Open Days this September. SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and fewer carbon emissions – at least 60% less! Harriet and Chris Martin super-insulated their 1930s property as they retired. They also installed a new boiler, wood burning stove, double glazing. Solar panels deliver green electricity and hot water. All this resulted in an 85% reduction in their energy bills! Visitors can expect to come away with plenty of ideas for greening their own properties. Saturday 12 September: Tours 1000, 1300 & 1500. Sunday 13 September: Tour 1400. Pre-booking: Preferred, via http://www.superhomes.org.uk/63

4: Stirchley Baths is having a Pool Party.

Stirchley Baths, Bournville Lane, Birmingham, West Midlands, B30 2JT

Enjoy live music and discover old footage of Birmingham’s swimming baths at this fun, free community event to celebrate the exciting restoration of Stirchley Baths. The water may have gone, but the building has been given a spectacular new lease of life as the new community hub, so bring your towel and your friends for some late summer fun. Saturday 12 September: 1900 – 2200. This event will be busy, pre-book to avoid disappointment via stirchleybaths.org.