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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Oral History Collection
Recordings of reminiscences related to the Hall.
Recordings are being made to collect local peoples' memories of the house at different periods in its more recent life.
Date range of collection
01/01/1976 -
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Not Specific
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Location Details

Blakesley Hall
Blakesley Road Yardley Birmingham B25 8RN United Kingdom
Open Map
0121 783 2193
0121 303 2891
Visiting Information
Free Admission. Open Easter to the end of October Tuesday to Sunday 11.30am to 4pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays
Building Information
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.
Collections Overview
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.
Display Overview
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.
Star Objects
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.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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