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Museums, libraries and archives news

Black country flag

Bostin events lined up at Sandwell libraries for Black Country Festival

Published on 9th July 2018

The Black Country Festival is already in full swing, and there’s lots of bostin fun lined up at Sandwell libraries for Black Country Day on Saturday (14 July).

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Antiques at the Manor House Museum

Published on 13th July 2018

Visitors to the Manor House Museum, Hall Green Road, West Bromwich are being treated to something different this weekend as an Antiques and Collectables fair descends on this fabulous 13th century building, once the medieval Manor House for West Bromwich.

Promoting the Summer Reading Challenge at Glebefields Library

Sandwell children set for Summer Reading Challenge and mischief making!

Published on 12th July 2018

The Summer Reading Challenge is back at Sandwell libraries – and this year children can hunt for buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers!

Friends of Central Library

New friends group launched at Central Library

Published on 9th July 2018

A new Friends of Central Library has been set up in West Bromwich in a bid to raise more money for special occasions - and to highlight the multitude of services provided at the library.

Wartime postcard

Sandwell Archives First World War exhibitions throughout July

Published on 5th July 2018

Find out about the contributions made by local people and industries in the First World War at a series of weekly exhibitions at Sandwell Community History and Archives Service (CHAS) in Smethwick.

Clay model of statue

Statue to recognise 'Lions of the Great War' and mark centenary of First World War Armistice

Published on 20th June 2018

A 10-foot high bronze statue of a First World War Sikh soldier is planned for Smethwick High Street to commemorate 100 years since the end of the conflict.

Lady Sings The Blues

West Brom homecoming for jazz legend Val

Published on 18th June 2018

It will be a true homecoming for jazz legend Val Wiseman when she performs her Lady Sings The Blues tribute to Billie Holiday at Central Library in July.

Harold John Colley VC

Sandwell to mark end of First World War centenary

Published on 15th June 2018

Plans are taking shape in Sandwell to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Get creative with cartoons and caricatures

Published on 11th June 2018

Visitors to an exhibition at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery to showcase drawings, letters and interviews by Charlie Grigg who drew for the Beano can get the chance to draw some cartoons and caricatures themselves.

Come and walk with Pete the dinosaur

Published on 31st May 2018

Staff and volunteers at the Manor House Museum are getting ready to travel back in time over 70 million years this weekend to the Jurassic period with a Dinosaur Take Over family fun day.

BorrowBox comes to Sandwell libraries

Published on 13th April 2018

Users of Sandwell libraries can now take advantage of BorrowBox, a brand new service offering the best in eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Charlie Grigg exhibition to launch at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery

Published on 29th March 2018

A special exhibition celebrating the work of Sandwell-born cartoon artist Charlie 'Chas' Grigg as an illustrator for The Beano and The Dandy is to be launched in Wednesbury.

Launch of Living Memory project

Living Memory project launched to record photo collections and life stories

Published on 10th January 2018

A major new project based around photography collections and life stories from the Black Country has been awarded an £85,200 National Lottery grant. 

Poppy garden

Ceramic poppy garden unveiled at Tipton library

Published on 15th November 2017

A ceramic poppy garden has been unveiled at Tipton library.

Councillor Richard Marshall

More 'Techplay' on the way

Published on 20th September 2017

Special ‘TechPlay’ craft sessions held at Sandwell’s six town libraries over the summer holidays proved a runaway success with more than 2,000 young people attending the 24 events.

Fun-filled sessions

Families enjoy fun-filled sessions thanks to 'Friends'

Published on 13th September 2017

Children and families enjoyed fun-filled summer holidays - thanks to help from the Sandwell Federation of Library Friends.

Medieval mayhem at the Manor House

Published on 1st September 2017

Visitors will be able to enjoy a peep into the late medieval period we now call 'The Wars of the Roses' with a medieval encampment.

Techplay at Sandwell libraries

TechPlay sessions on offer at libraries

Published on 27th July 2017

Sandwell youngsters will be able to take advantage of innovative state-of-the-art TechPlay craft sessions at some of the borough’s libraries during the summer holidays.

Sandwell libraries take part in Empathy Day 13 June 2017

Published on 12th June 2017

Sandwell libraries are taking part in a new scheme using books to promote empathy - the ability to understand and share the feelings of others - as part of Empathy Day on Tuesday 13 June.

Oldbury Writing Group launches World War Two anthology

Published on 21st April 2017

A collection of poems and short stories inspired by World War ll and written by the Oldbury Writing Group is being launched this Saturday, 22 April at Oldbury Library.

Stay and Play

Stay and play at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery

Published on 12th April 2017

Young children are being encouraged to stay and play at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Home Made in Smethwick - touring exhibition

Published on 12th April 2017

A touring photographic exhibition of Smethwick people and the food they cook is coming to Tipton Library.

Arts Council funding for 'tech suites' at Sandwell libraries

Published on 22nd March 2017

New ‘tech suites’ – with iPads, virtual reality headsets, robotics and 3D printing – are coming to a library in each of Sandwell’s six towns following a boost from Arts Council England.

Music, laughs and scares at West Bromwich Central Library

Published on 28th February 2017

Music, comedy and tales of horror are on the agenda this month and library staff are urging everyone to visit and catch the buzz at Central library.

Join in the Christmas fun at Sandwell libraries

Published on 2nd December 2016

With Christmas fast approaching there's something for everyone at Sandwell libraries this month.

Free family fun at your local library this half-term

Published on 17th October 2016

Sandwell libraries have a packed programme of events and activities for families this half-term.

Summer holidays in Sandwell's libraries

Published on 27th July 2016

From magic shows and mask making to mini-beasts and Roald Dahl-inspired activities, Sandwell’s libraries will be full of fun for children over the summer holidays.

Sports quiz in aid of Smile for Joel foundation

Published on 27th June 2016

Sporting masterminds can pit their wits in a series of summer quizzes at Sandwell Libraries in aid of the Smile for Joel Foundation.

Queen and Sandwell exhibition at Wednesbury Musuem and Art Gallery

Published on 15th June 2016

A new exhibition has opened at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery in Holyhead Road to celebrate the Queen and Sandwell.

Witchfinders on the hunt at Haden Old Hall

Published on 28th September 2015

A mysterious witchfinder will move among visitors at Sandwell’s historic Haden Old Hall when it turns the clock back to the 1600s for a fantastic free family day out.

Libraries full of magic this summer

Published on 28th July 2015

Children can discover the magic of Sandwell libraries during the school holidays and meet resident clown Ronnie Crackers.

Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago

Published on 27th March 2015

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001), the creator of children’s classic ‘The Moomins’ Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road is launching a new e