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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days are a national initiative run each September enabling the public to see buidings not usually open to visitors, areas of public buildings not usually open to view or enjoy a range of special heritage events and activities.

In 2015 Heritage Open Days run from 10th to 13th September and Sandwell Museum Service has loads of great activities or behind the scenes tours or buildings for you to enjoy. All HOD events are free but you may need to book for some of them. You can find out more about Heritage Open Days but visiting the website.

Heritage Open Days at Sandwell Museums 2015

The Manor House Museum

Hall Green Rd, West Bromwich, B71 2 EA—0121 588 2985

What did medieval people eat? -12 & 13 September 12 noon – 4pm ‘Come along and find out if you could have survived the culinary skills of the Medieval chef, try some and take some recipes to try at home. The Cottage (Manager's House) will also be open for a rare chance to find out more about one of the surviving outbuildings of the Manor site. WATCH OUT on the 12th the grave diggers will be on the look out for new customers! Admission free

Life at the Manor House:- 10,11,12,13 September 12-4pm. Take a free guided tour of this fabulous 13th century building and see the great hall as it may have looked in the mid 15th century, try on some armour, play some medieval games and learn about what life was like in a medieval manor house.

Wednesbury Museum & Art Gallery

Holyhead Rd, Wednesbury, Ws10 7DF, 0121 556 0683

Tours of Wednesbury Council Chamber: Thursday 10 and Friday 11 September, 11am and 1pm. Join a member of Museum staff on a free tour of Wednesbury’s Old Council Chamber above the Town Hall. Spaces are limited so please pre-book by calling 0121 556 0683.

Civic Regalia Displays: Thursday 10, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September, 11am-5pm. Once you have enjoyed a tour of the Old Wednesbury Council Chamber visit the museum to enjoy a display of the civic regalia from the different towns of Sandwell.

Parisian Café: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during September, between 11am to 1pm visitors are welcome to see the exhibition take place, the museum is also open Thursdays and Fridays 2pm-5pm.
As the Museum Community Painting Groups take over our exhibition space they will be creating a Parisian Café scene and they invite you along to see them at work and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Oak House Museum

Oak Rd, West Bromwich, B70 8HJ –0121 553 0759

Evening Heritage Tours: Thursday 10 September, 6pm – 9pm, Discover the rich history of the Oak House and visit parts of the house normally closed to the public with free guided tours as part of Heritage Open Days. You will find out interesting tales of John Turton the Gulgroper and why there are no priest holes! Tours last approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour. Booking Essential, call 0121 553 0759 to book.

Knitting Group Open Day: Friday 11 September 11am – 1pm, Enjoy a free taster session of the Oak House knitting group. Join us for demonstrations, stalls and even bring your own knitting to enjoy with a cup of tea and biscuits. All levels of knitting experience welcome, or even just come for a chat.

Seventeenth Century cheese and butter making sessions at the Oak House: Saturday 12 September, 12pm – 5pm, Have a go at making cheese and butter in our working seventeenth century dairy and learn about life as a servant in the 1600s. Limited spaces available, booking essential call 0121 553 0759 to book.

Music on the Oak House Terrace with Jazz on Tap: Sunday 13 September, 2pm – 5pm, Jazz on Tap are back for another afternoon of music on the terrace to celebrate the end of Heritage Open Week. Why not bring a picnic to enjoy during the show.

Haden Hill House Museum

Off Barrs Rd, Cradley Heath, B64 7JU, 01384 569 444

Behind the red rope: Attic & Library Open Days 10 & 11 Sept 11-3pm
As part of a new project ‘Best’s Angels’ we are giving visitors the opportunity to get behind the red ropes and look into the library and the objects on display there. There will also be an opportunity to peek at our collections store in the attic and see some of the items we have in our collection related to the house and family who lived here 100 years ago.

Proms in the Park: 13 Sept 2-6pm—Enjoy musical entertainment, with jazz from the Martinique Jazz Band, easy listening songs with Ian Casey during the afternoon & early evening, then rousing tunes from Halesowen Brass Band in true flag waving proms style to end the evening. Bring your flags & your picnics and stay.

Haden Old Hall (next to Haden Hill House)

Open Days:  12 & 13 Sept 2-5.30pm. Visit the recently decorated Old Hall as part of this special weekend. A rare chance to see inside this heavily restored 17th century farm house.

Galton Valley Pumping Station

Off Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, call 0121 556 0683

Open Day: Saturday 12 September, 10am – 3pm
Visit the canal museum housed in the New Smethwick Pumping Station. Museum staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions and provide light refreshments.

Bishop Asbury’s Cottage

Newton Road, Great Barr B43 6HN. Call 0121 556 0683

Open Day: Sunday 13 September 2pm-5pm. A rare chance to see this tiny cottage which was the childhood home of Francis Asbury, the first Methodist Bishop of the USA. Asbury is a famous historical figure in America and has his own statue on Capitol Hill although he is little know in his home country.