There is some 17th. C. archaeology from a local site at Temple Balsall.
The archaeology collection shown at Blakesley is the 17th.C. material excavated at Temple Balsall, some twelve miles from Blakesley.
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Grade II* listed. Blakesley Hall was built between 1588 and 1590. It is a rare survival of its type in the Birmingham area, and its timber frame shows a variety of patterns. The Long Gallery is an unusual feature in a house of its size, and Elizabethan painted wall panels survive in the Painted Chamber. A Heritage Lottery-funded visitor centre, completed in 2002, removed modern facilities from the ancient structure and allowed a fuller restoration and interpretation of the building's original features. A traditional herb garden and orchard surrounds the hall, providing pleasant views from the modern visitor centre and cafe. A major refurbishment of the 17th century barn has provided improved facilities for school groups.
The Hall contains a variety of material appropriate for the presentation of a house of its period, but focuses on vernacular furnishings of the 17th.C. It also contains a collection of pottery of the late 17th.C. excavated at Temple Balsall about twelve miles away.
The Hall is essentially presented with period settings based on an inventory of 1684. Three rooms present the history and construction of the house through showcased and handling displays. There is a year-round programme of activities and temporary exhibitions.
The 400-year-old wall decorations in the Painted Chamber
The Long Table in the Great Hall – an original piece of furniture listed in the 1684 inventory of the house.
The mural of Blakesley Hall inside the main entrance to the visitor centre – painted by Julie Eyett in 2001.
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