WDYTYA? location guide: Warwick Davis

By jonbauckham, 15 February 2017 - 12:21am

In his episode of Who Do You Think You Are?Warwick Davis travelled from South London to Suffolk, with a brief stop in Northampton along the way. Learn more about the museums and historic places the actor visited below...

Bethlem Museum Mind

Warwick Davis visited the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, which first opened to visitors in 2015 (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Museum of Croydon

To learn more about his 3x great grandfather Frederick Durban, Warwick Davis consults local rate books held at the Museum of Croydon.

Housed inside Croydon Clocktower, the museum looks after a wide variety of artefacts and historic records from across the South London borough.

Search the archive catalogue here.
 

Queen's Road Cemetery, Croydon

After researching the life of Frederick Durban, Warwick tries – and fails – to find his final resting place at Queen’s Road Cemetery, Croydon.

Consecrated in 1861, the 22-acre site contains around 50,000 graves. For opening times and visitor information, click here.
 

Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Located within the grounds of the famous Bethlem Royal Hospital, the Bethlem Museum of the Mind “records the lives and experience and celebrates the achievements of people with mental health problems”.

It is here that Warwick meets psychiatrist Rob Howard, who reveals more about Dennis John Manning’s condition when he was first admitted to Croydon Mental Hospital – later renamed Warlingham Park Hospital.

As well as being available in the museum’s archives, digitised versions of records from Bethlem and Warlingham Park can be found on Findmypast.
 

Northampton Guildhall

After learning that his great great grandfather Dennis Manning (senior) was a violinist, Warwick meets up with music historian Professor Rachel Cowgill at Northampton Guildhall.

Designed by Victorian architect Edward Godwin, the building is the home of Northamptonshire Borough Council and used for a variety of civic purposes.
 

The Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds

The final stop on Warwick’s journey is The Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds, where Dennis Manning performed with Pell’s American Opera Troupe.

Completed in 1854, today the Grade I-listed building is a popular venue for weddings and conferences.
 

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