Blakesley Hall

Blakesley Hall
Blakesley Road
Yardley
Birmingham
B25 8RN
England

Website

www.bmag.org.uk

E-mail

blakesley_hall@birmingham.gov.uk

Telephone

0121 464 2193

Fax

0121 464 0400

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After painstaking and careful restoration, Blakesley Hall a stunning, Elizabethan yeoman’s house in Yardley, has reopened its doors to the public. Blakesley Hall has under-gone extensive renovations to reinstate the ground floor rooms, as closely as possible, to their original appearance.

One of the few timber framed buildings left in Birmingham, the Hall was built in 1590 for Richard Smalbroke junior, who wanted to reflect his growing prosperity with a new and comfortable home. For example, the Hall contains a ‘long gallery’ of the type normally reserved for much grander houses and decorative wall paintings. Blakesley Hall is a fine example of the homes of the aspiring Tudor middle classes.

In the 1930s, the Hall became a museum and both central heating and toilets were installed altering the layout of the ground floor. Restoration has involved removing these to reinstate the ‘Great’ and ‘Little’ Parlours. In these rooms, the family would dine, separately from their servants, perhaps entertaining guests. They would also read, prepare accounts and write letters here away from the daily bustle of the rest of the household.

The Hall contains period furniture and fittings. The table in the great hall is original to the house. Other pieces come from the collections of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Replica items have also been purchased including items which visitors can handle.

A new visitor centre, containing an exhibition gallery, tea-room and shop, has been built on site. The Barn, where generations of school children have taken lessons, has also been upgraded to create a more comfortable space for teaching or community use.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

April to October, Tuesday to Sunday 12.00pm - 4.00pm

Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Admission free

This venue holds parts of Birmingham Museums and Galleries' Designated Collections of national importance. If you wish to see a particular item, please contact Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Collection details

Social History, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Tom, Frank and May - One Family's Story

  • 12 April — 2 November 2014 *on now

Thomas and Elizabeth Merry lived at Blakesley Hall from 1901 -1932 and their three children, Tom, Frank and May all played important, yet different roles in this conflict. Tom was an officer in the Army Service Corps based at Rouen, Frank fought at Passchendaele with the Artists Rifles and May enrolled in the Voluntary Aid Detachment, working in a number of military hospitals, caring for the wounded from the front. Through photographs, medals and letters from the family’s archive, visitors to Blakesley Hall can discover the true effect of the war on one family.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entrance to the exhibition is included in the admission price for the Hall, £4.00 for adults, £3.00 for concessions and under 16's are free.

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3207

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Blakesley Hall

Blakesley’s Great Outdoor Adventure

  • 24 April 2014 12-3pm *on now

Fun outdoor activities for families between 12noon and 3pm. No need to book, activities are drop-in, so just turn up and have fun! Children must be accompanied at all times. Garden Graffiti - Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th April. Bugalicous Bug Hotel Bonanza – Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th April.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1.00 per child.

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3165

Poppy

Second Sunday Talk

  • 11 May 2014 2-3pm

As part of our exhibition 'Tom, Frank and May – One family’s story', Tom Merry gives us an insight into the Merry family and their experiences of World War One. The Merrys' were the last family to live at Blakesley. Q and A included.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5.00 per person. No need to book.

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events

frog in Vivarium

Animal Mania at Blakesley Hall

  • 30 May 2014 12-3pm

Blakesley's favourite mobile zoo Animal Mania are visiting this half-term with their cute and furry animals.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1.00 per person to meet the animals.

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3129

Falcon

Falconry Day

  • 15 June 2014 12-4pm

Meet spectacular birds of prey and see them take to the air in fabulous flying displays. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions about these fascinating creatures.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1.00 per adult for the falconry event, children under 16 free.

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3169

Blakesley Hall

Hunters and Farmers: Prehistoric Birmingham

  • 14 September 2014 2-3pm

Dr Mike Hodder talks about a fascinating period of Birmingham's history as part of our Second Sunday Talks. Includes Q and A.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5.00 per person.

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3131

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