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Laurence Cadbury Collection

LAURENCE CADBURY COLLECTION

Assembled at the beginning of the 20th century, the Laurence Cadbury Collection helps show what life was like in a 16th and 17th century house.

A book, ‘The Laurence Cadbury Collection at Selly Manor’, written by Museum Manager Daniel Callicott, focuses on the outstanding contribution that Laurence Cadbury made in creating a wonderful collection of early furniture, domestic objects and archives for Selly Manor Museum.

book

Based on original research, the book catalogues the collection with detailed historical descriptions and photographs of the objects in the collection, which date from the 16th-19th centuries.

With over 170 full colour images, this is a fascinating and colourful publication that brings this important collection to print for the first time.

The book includes a short biography of Laurence Cadbury highlighting his many achievements, including his role as Chairman of both Cadbury Brothers Ltd and Bournville Village Trust.

Laurence made an important contribution to the Friends Ambulance Unit in WWI, ran a national newspaper and explored the world during his adventurous travels.

How Laurence Cadbury acquired such an impressive collection is documented through photographs and archives, and the book describes his relationship with local antiques dealer Oliver Baker.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards the conservation and preservation of the Laurence Cadbury Collection at Selly Manor, ensuring these objects will be enjoyed by generations to come.

To purchase a copy of the book, priced at £15.00, please call the Museum on 0121 472 0199 or email sellymanor@bvt.org.uk

On permanent display, the collection includes:

Dole Cupboard

16th Century Chest

DOLE CUPBOARD
This would have been used in a church to store food that parishioners collected for the poor. The food would then be ‘doled out’ to them, hence the expression ‘on the dole’.

16th CENTURY CHEST
Dating from 1520 our oldest chest is carved with ornate scenes depicting a variety of strange creatures and mythical beasts.

1592 Tester bed

Nonsuch Chest

1592 TESTER BED
Plaited reeds or rushes were woven together to create a cover for the bed’s rope supports. A feather mattress was probably placed on top.

NONSUCH CHEST
This depicts Henry VIII’s Surrey palace of Nonsuch. There was to be ‘nonsuch’ like it, but Henry died before it was completed.

Settle

Press Cupboard

SETTLE
A space-saving piece of furniture with an under-seat storage area and a top that folds down to form a table.

PRESS CUPBOARD
This large cupboard, dated 1673, was used for storing tableware.

Bible box

Welsh Tridarn

BIBLE BOX
A carved wooden Bible Box that stored objects of great value, most notably the family’s Bible.

WELSH TRIDARN
A 1713 cupboard with three sections; the top can be lifted down and used as a bench.

18ft OAK TABLE
Dating from the 1630s, this spectacular 18ft eight-legged table was brought from Crook Hall, Lancashire, in 1921.

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