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There are now 1589 collections available to search on the online catalogue. Please note that not all of our catalogues are currently available on CalmView; if you cannot find what you are searching for it may be available as a printed catalogue in the Wolfson Centre.

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What's New?
Have a look at 'What's New' every time you visit as we will be updating the content of the online catalogue on a regular basis.

Online exhibitions
The New 'Image Gallery' features material from Records of the Birmingham Ladies Negro's Friend Society for the Relief of Negro Slaves.

The New 'Showcase' features entries from the newly catalogued New Meeting House, Moor Street, Birmingham.

What's New: Cadbury Collection Catalogue

This catalogue concentrates on the papers of Elizabeth Mary Taylor, born on 24th June 1858, the second daughter of John Taylor, a stockbroker (died 1894) and Mary Jane Taylor, a philanthropist (nee Cash, 1833-1887).

This catalogue concentrates on the papers of Elizabeth Mary Taylor, born on 24th June 1858, the second daughter of John Taylor, a stockbroker (died 1894) and Mary Jane Taylor, a philanthropist (nee Cash, 1833-1887).

She was educated at a Quaker day school before being sent to a private girls' school in Saxe-Meiningen, Germany, in the early 1870s. Her faith served as a motivating force shaping her life and work. Both the Taylor family and the Cadbury family which Elizabeth Taylor married into shared an active and practical Quaker faith, identifying their endeavours supporting the welfare of less fortunate people as a practical manifestation of their religious faith. Included within the papers are boxes and albums of photographs taken between 1824 and 1965 including images of the Cadbury chocolate factories at Bull Street and Bridge Street in Birmingham and nine boxes of images relating to the Cadbury factory at Bournville and Bournville village. The following images are a small selection from these boxes.
Elizabeth Taylor Cadbury presided over a visit by Prince George, the Duke of Kent, to The Beeches

Elizabeth Taylor Cadbury presided over a visit by Prince George, the Duke of Kent, to The Beeches

Photograph taken in December 1938 when Elizabeth Taylor Cadbury presided over a visit by Prince George, the Duke of Kent, to The Beeches, a centre for training in crafts established in the former children's country holiday home in Bournville. The Duke was inspecting centres providing crafts training for women affected by unemployment.
Mounted black and white photograph showing Elizabeth Taylor Cadbury opening the first house to be tenanted in Bournville after the Second World War, No. 5 Charfield Close.

Mounted black and white photograph showing Elizabeth Taylor Cadbury opening the first house to be tenanted in Bournville after the Second World War, No. 5 Charfield Close.

The photograph shows Elizabeth Taylor Cadbury and Edward Cadbury with prospective tenants of the house.
Mounted black and white photograph showing Elizabeth Taylor Cadbury presiding over the Bournville Village Schools' Christmas party whilst a man dressed as Father Christmas distributed presents to a large group of children.

Mounted black and white photograph showing Elizabeth Taylor Cadbury presiding over the Bournville Village Schools' Christmas party whilst a man dressed as Father Christmas distributed presents to a large group of children.

Elizabeth Taylor Cadbury arranged and attended annual Christmas parties for children attending the Infants and Elementary schools in Bournville for many years. [n.d. 1920s].
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