Events at Sandwell Museums

Events in 2014

We have an exciting range of events and activities coming up for your enjoyment in 2014 so keep checking this page for more information as new events are added all the time.  Scroll down and find out what's on.

We will be bringing school holiday activities, community events, music, theatre, temporary exhibitions and much more to our sites throughout 2014 from February half term onwards.

Heritage open days and Sandwell Museums

10 to 14 September 2014

A national programme to give visitors a chance to explore nooks, crannies and buildings not usually open or to enjoy events and talks. All the HOD events are free but you may need to book where specified.

Haden Hill House Museum Off Barrs Rd, Cradley Heath, B64 7JU - 01384 569 444 "What's up there?" Wednesday 10 September at  2.30pm. A rare chance to see the bits of the house & Hall not usually open to the public with our behind the scenes tours Advance booking essential

Haden Old Hall Open Day, Off Barrs Road, Cradley Heath. - 01384 569 444 Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 Sept 2pm-5pm . See inside our seventeenth century house not often open to the public. Free

Proms in the Park Sunday 14 September 2pm-6pm. Enjoy musical entertainment, with jazz from the Martinique Jazz Band, easy listening songs with Ian Casey during the afternoon and early evening, then rousing tunes from Halesowen Brass Band in true flag waving proms style to end the evening. bring your flags and your picnics Haden Hill House Museum and park -  Free 

The Manor House Museum, Hall Green Rd, West Bromwich - 0121 588 2985-13 and 14  September 2-5pm. Find out about food in Medieval Times. Also Help us plant some daffodil bulbs in our grounds. Guided Tours will also be available.

The Oak House Museum - Oak Road, West Bromwich.  B70 8HJ -Oak House Alive-Thursday 11 September, house open 5.30pm talk at 6.30pm, tea and coffee available. A talk by the principal officer for museums, arts and tourism about the new discoveries about the history of the site and it's owners as well as the restoration of the barns project.  Booking essential 0121 553 0759

The Oak House Museum 'Up the mysterious stairs' and the 1600s dairy Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 Sep, 2-5pm. A chance to explore the top floor of the house which is usually closed to visitors. We will be taking visitors up in small groups so there may be a short wait. Visitors can also see our brand new 1600s dairy for the first time and on Sunday 14 there will also be 17th century servants in the house. The Sandwell Foghorn will also be on site- No need to book

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury WS10 7DF -  0121 556 0683. Museum Cellar Tours and collection handling. Thursday 11 and Friday 12 September  1pm and 2pm  Most museums have 80% of their collection in storage. This is an opportunity to have a look behind the scenes at Sandwell Museums collection. To book your place call us on 0121 556 0683.

Galton Valley Canal Museum Open Day Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 10am till 4pm. Housed in the New Smethwick Pumping Station the museum will be open to visitors and there will be guided walks to the old James Watt Smethwick Engine site at 11am and 2pm. 0121 556 0683

Bishop Asbury's Cottage Museum Open Day, Newton Rd, Great Barr - Sunday 14 September 2pm-5pm. This tiny 18th century cottage was the childhood home of Francis Asbury, first Methodist bishop of the USA. 0121 556 0683

The Oak House Museum, Oak Road, West Bromwich

Oak House Alive - The Oak House festival - 6 July to the end of 2014

As we open the newly restored and renovated historic barns which will make this a fantastic site, join us for a season of family fun, music, talks, history and much more celebrating 400 years of human stories on this site.

Look out for more exciting changes over the summer and autumn 2014 as we add a brand new 17th century dairy to the house and we gain photographs, hands-on activities, information, interpretation and more in our new barns visitor centre.

Please note that throughout August the oak House playground will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 11am-4pm.

Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult, no dogs apart from guide dogs and there is no smoking anywhere on the Oak House grounds.

Great games - Thursday 28 August 12pm-3pm. Join us for an afternoon of traditional games inside the house and out on the lawn. Entry Free

Gig in the grounds - 7 September 1pm - 4pm-Why not bring a picnic, sit on the grass in the grounds and enjoy the music from our band Jazz on Tap with some of your favourite pop, jazz and soul classics- You can also see and interact with the Sandwell foghorn - Entry free

Heritage open days - Oak House Alive Talk-Thursday 11 September, house open 5:30pm talk at 6:30pm, tea and coffee available.  A talk by the principal officer for museums, arts and tourism about the new discoveries about the history of the site and it's owners as well as the restoration of the barns project.  Booking essential 0121 553 0759

Heritage open days - 'Up the mysterious stairs' and the 1600s dairy Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 Sep, 2-5pm.  A chance to explore the top floor of the house which is usually closed to visitors. We will be taking visitors up in small groups so there may be a short wait. Visitors can also see our brand new 1600s dairy for the first time and on Sunday 14 there will also be 17th century servants in the house. The Sandwell Foghorn will also be on site- No need to book

Meet the Tudors - 28 September 11am-3pm -Visit the oak House and meet the Tudors, enjoy the music and dance and see the house come alive, enjoy the children's crafts and Tudor trails.

Heritage open days - Oak House alive - Thursday 11 September, house open 5.30pm talk at 6.30pm, tea and coffee available.  A talk by the principal officer for museums, arts and tourism about the new discoveries about the history of the site and it's owners as well as the restoration of the barns project.  Booking essential 0121 553 0759

Heritage Open Days - The Oak House Museum 'Up the mysterious stairs' and the 1600s dairy Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 Sep, 2-5pm.  A chance to explore the top floor of the house which is usually closed to visitors. We will be taking visitors up in small groups so there may be a short wait. Visitors can also see our brand new 1600s dairy for the first time and on Sunday 14 there will also be 17th century servants in the house. The Sandwell Foghorn will also be on site. No need to book.

Creepy Creatures Spooktabulous Halloween Party Fun Day -28 October 11am-3pm. Join us for some Halloween party family fun, with loads of spooktabulous entertainment, creepy creatures, pumpkin ride and much more.

Creepy Crafts - 29 and 30 October 11am-3pm-join us for some Halloween and autumn themed craft activities, creepy quizzes and trails-50p -£2 depending what you make.

The hideous Halloween histories guide to wicked witches - 2 November 11am-3pm, Ever wondered why witches look the way they do, and why people believed in witches long ago - join us for a family friendly hands on look at witches in the 1600s and see the house come to life with historic characters, games, music and crafts but beware of the Witch Finder general who is looking to weed out any signs of witchcraft! The Oak House Museum.

Songs from the Shows with the Night Watch - 29 November, evening. -join us for an evening of live music from medieval and renaissance times as well as music Shakespeare would have known and used in his plays. As the festive season approaches there will also be some festive Tudor tunes. House opens at 6pm to look around as will be lit by candles and tea and coffee will be available. Concert at 7pm £8 per ticket - tickets must be paid for before the event.  Tickets available from 1 October

Santa in his Grotto-9 and 10 December 3:30pm-5:30pm. Drop in and see Santa in his grotto and get a small present and have a go at our children's Christmas crafts. £3.50 to see Santa. Craft activity costs vary. No need to book, just drop in.

Christmas Fairytale Fun -7 December 11am-3pm. Join us for Christmas fun with entertainment, interactive fun theatre, crafts and much more Christmas fun and entertainment - Santa won't be in his grotto but will be wondering around to say hello to the children.

Candlelit Carols with the Salvation Army - 11 December -6:00pm-8pm. Gates open at 6:00pm, refreshments and a chance to see the house 6pm-7pm. Concert 7pm-8pm. (the concert will be in the Oak House barns, the doors open to the concert room at 6:45pm not before) £5 to include drink and mince pie. Tickets available from 1st November

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury

400 Years of the selfie: An exhibition about portraits from Elizabethan times to modern photos and 'selfies' - The exhibition includes ten fabulous paintings from the collection of Ingestre Hall Residential Arts Centre, and a selection of photo portraits on loan from Sandwell Archives. Look out for events, activities and projects around this exhibition - Its free to enter.

Find out more about the exhibition

What's down there cellar Tours 12 and 13 September, 2pm and 3pm As part of the Heritage Open Days we are offering visitors the chance to join us for a tour of the collection stores and cellars at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery. These are free tours but as spaces are limited we strongly recommend booking your place in advance by calling 0121 556 0683.

The Manor House Museum - Hall Green Road, West Bromwich

Summer opening -Saturday 19 July-Sunday 14 September 2014 New tours start for the summer when we'll be open Thursday & Friday 1pm-4pm. Saturday & Sunday 2pm-5pm. Last tours are 1 hour prior to closing -just drop in no need to book. From July 2014 we will also be offering a virtual tour, for those unable to climb the stairs in the house. They will be available during opening hours and need to be booked in advance, this can be done by  calling 0121 588 2985.  We are closed 21st August                                                                            

Saturday movie club . Come and see a fantastic family movie in the Great Hall.11am-1pm. A small tuck shop will be open. £2 per person ALL children must be accompanied by an adult. Toy Story and 9 September -Toy Story 2    

Comedy of Errors with the Festival Players Sunday 31 August 4pm gates open 5pm start. An outdoor performance of this Shakespeare play as the Festival Players roll into town once again. Why not bring a picnic and something to sit on (no umbrellas please) and enjoy the performance out in the grounds. £12 in advance £14 on gate (concessions £10 and £12)   tickets from the Manor House or the CRBO website. May be indoors if the weather is inclement.

Saturday movie club 9 September 2014 11am-1pm. Come and see a fantastic family movie Toy Story 2 in the Great Hall. A small tuck shop will be open. £2 per person ALL children must be accompanied by an adult.

Heritage open weekend Saturday 13 & 14 September. 2pm-5pm Have a fantastic guided tour and find out what Medieval people ate and even get to try a sample or two.

Haden Hill House Museum and Old Hall, Haden Hill Park, Cradley Heath 

Heritage Open Days - " What's up there?" Wednesday 10 September 2.30pm. A rare chance to see the bits of the house & Hall not usually open to the public with our behind the scenes tours Advance booking essential-01384 569 444 Hideous histories

Haden Hall open day - Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 Sept 2pm-5pm . See inside our seventeenth century house not often open to the public.

Proms in the Park Sunday 14 September 2pm-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 Haden Hill House Museum and park -  Free 

Scarecrow weekend - Haden Hill House and park 13 & 14 September. - Explore Haden Hill House and our Green Heritage awarded parkland and enjoy the variety of scarecrows produced by local schools and organisations.

Bat Walks - Join us in Haden Hill Park and see what creatures of the night we can find in the park. An introductory talk followed by a guided tour of the park using our bat detectors to see these fabulous little creatures. You may even here a Tawny owl or two too! Walks start from the house - come through the front door. Please wear appropriate footwear and warm clothing.

Adult Bat Walk - 19 September (adults and children over 14 only) - Doors open 6:45pm, introductory talk 7pm. - tea and coffee available.

Family Bat walk - 26 September- suitable for all ages but young children often find it a little spooky so may not be suitable. - Doors open 6.30pm, introductory talk 6.45pm - tea and coffee available

Bishop Asbury's Cottage

Open day - free entry Sunday 14 September 2pm-5pm.

Galton Valley pumping station

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 10am till 4pm. Housed in the New Smethwick Pumping Station the museum will be open to visitors and there will be guided walks to the old James Watt Smethwick Engine site at 11am and 2pm. 0121 556 0683

Hideous histories season

You asked us for hideous histories so here it is! In 2014 across our sites we are holding a series of Hideous histories family friendly events and activities where you can find out about the less pleasant aspects of life long ago with hands-on activities.

Pick up your Hideous Histories Passport at one of our sites and visit 5 of our events at at least two different site and you can go into our prize draw.

Hideous histories guide to fiendish fashions- 24 and 25 April - 11am-3pm Fiendish fashions- a hideous histories guide to Victorian style, find out more about how Victorian ladies and gentlemen kept up appearances! Haden Hill House Museum.

Hideous histories crafts - 26 and 30 May - 11am-3pm come along and enjoy some hideous history crafts. Price dependant on item made. The Manor House Museum.  

The hideous histories guide to perilous pirates - 28 May,  11am-3pm. Help to save the Manor House from being ambushed by the pirates of dark water led by the very naughty Gertie Gunpowder!! Crafts and activities, magic, storytelling and balloons - fun for all.  The Manor House Museum.

Hideous histories guide to Tudor hideous housework -  29 July 12pm-4pm. You thought doing household chores today is awful, then try doing the housework, cooking, cleaning and washing 400 years ago and that's all before we get to the toilets! Oak House Museum

The hideous histories guide to showing off - 31 July, 12pm-4pm. People in the past used all sorts of ways to show off how wealthy and important they were, many of which were not very good for their health! Join us and learn about wicked wigs, terrible clothes, awful portraits, manky make-up (and that was just the men), pongy perfume, (and that was just the men too) gruesome grand tours and loads more family fun. You can also enjoy our fabulous portraits exhibition with portraits from Ingestre Hall from Elizabethan times onwards. Wednesbury Museum

Hideous histories Wednesday - Join us during the summer holidays on Wednesdays for the hideous histories guide to the not so nice things that happened long ago. There will be craft workshops and story telling and much more. The Manor House Museum.

  • Wednesday 30 July - Medieval 11am-3pm
  • Wednesday 6 August - Egyptians 11am-3pm
  • Wednesday 13 August - Greeks 11am-3pm
  • Wednesday 20 August - Romans 11am-3pm
  • Wednesday 27 August - Tudors 11am-3pm

Hideous history sneaky Viking long ships 7th, 8th and 9th August, 2-4pm As the Vikings went raiding their ships took them far afield from home, visit the gallery to make a model of one of their sneaky long ships. crafts cost £1 per item made. Wednesbury Museum

Hideous histories guide to the Wise Woman....the Wise Woman - 19 August. 12pm-4pm. An afternoon learning about the less savoury aspects of Tudor life, meet the wise woman who will cure you of any ailments and learn about Tudor medicine, crime and punishments. Oak House Museum.

The hideous histories guide to murders and Medicine -21 August 12pm-4pm. A  light-hearted family friendly afternoon looking at the less savoury aspects of Victorian life, looking at cures and medicine, mortsafes and murder. Haden Hill House Museum

Hideous history Saxon shields 21, 22 and 23 August, 2-4pm Design a traditional Saxon shield to help defend against the invading Vikings! Crafts cost £1 per item made. Wednesbury Museum

The hideous histories guide to life on the home front - 4 and 5 October 11am-3pm. A weekend looking at fiendish food, foul fashions and life on the home front in World War II. Haden Hill House

Hideous histories guide to evil invaders! Saturday 11 October 10am-3pm. As the Vikings invade and take up residence at the museum find out about the battles, weapons and the surgery practised by this villainous Vikings! Wednesbury Museum

The hideous histories guide to howling Halloween - 31 October - 11am-3pm - Join us for some spooky family fun and find out about where our hideous Halloween traditions come from. Haden Hill House Museum

The hideous Halloween histories guide to wicked witches - 2 November 11am-3pm, Ever wondered why witches look the way they do, and why people believed in witches long ago - join us for a family friendly hands on look at witches in the 1600s and see the house come to life with historic characters, games and crafts but beware of the Witch Finder general who is looking to weed out any signs of witchcraft! The Oak House Museum.

World War I commemorations

In 2014 and over the next four years Sandwell Museums will be commemorating 100 years since World War I.

We began in February 2014 by planting poppy seeds in our grounds.

In May we undertook a bring a Grandparent event.

We will be holding an exhibition about World War I and the local area at Wednesbury Museum from September until the end of the year.

There will be a small display of objects from our collection relating to World War I or its time period on display at Haden Hill House Museum from April until November.

World War I music afternoon - 17 August -2pm-5pm, Haden Hill House and park - bring a picnic and a something to sit on and enjoy and afternoon of music hall style popular tunes and sing-a-long anthems from the period of world War I - Entry Free

Look out for our memories work in partnership with Sandwell Libraries

We will be collecting visitor's family stories of experiences of world War one, so even if its just a sentence then let us know you family stories.

Museum selfie

Why not take a museum selfie on one of your visits to us? You can upload it to our Facebook page or Tweet it to us.

General event information for visitors

    • Please note we are unable to accommodate pushchairs inside our buildings. Pushchairs should be left outside or where directed.
    • Entrance to our buildings and events is free unless a ticket price is stated. However there may be a small charge activities.
    • Where an event is advertised as 'booking essential' we cannot guarantee that there will be any places left on the day of the event. Please call the site to find out.
    • We are unable to take bookings via email please phone the relevant site and leave a message if staff are not available as our telephones are not manned every day.
    • Please note there are platform lifts to the first floors at Wednesbury Museum and Haden Hill House. Oak House and the Manor House are not accessible.  
    • Last admission to our sites is 30 minutes before the museum closes
    • Guide dogs only.
    • For information about parking and getting to our sites etc please follow the links to each site.
    • Find out about the accessibility of our sites with our - access statement.
      Haden Hill House Museum, Off Barrs Road, Cradley Heath
      The Manor House Museum, Hall Green Road, West Bromwich