In Shakespeare's Warwickshire Cancelled
The house and furnishings of Selly Manor evoke a time that William Shakespeare would have been familiar with. The everyday objects that surrounded Shakespeare and his family are crammed into the rooms of this small Tudor house. The items in the collection were purchased by Laurence Cadbury in the early 1900s, and whilst Laurence was an enthusiastic collector he turned to antiques expert Oliver Baker for advice.
This heritage talk, by Museum Manager Daniel Callicott, will examine Birmingham-born Oliver Baker and his impact on the artistic, antiquarian and historical life of both his home city and his adopted town of Stratford-upon-Avon. The talk will explore how Baker collected and preserved the material culture of Shakespeare's Warwickshire so it could be enjoyed and understood by future generations - with a particular emphasis on the objects that Oliver Baker found for Selly Manor. We will look at how Baker became a knowledgeable author, talented jewellery designer and campaigner for heritage.