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Get involved - activities and what's on at Sandwell Museums

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Museums Online

Join us on Facebook at Sandwell Museums for posts, blogs, online activities, videos, crafts, online exhibitions and more. You can also join us on twitter @sandwellmuseums and YouTube. Visit the events tab of our Facebook page for details of online events or visit www.discoversandwell.co.uk/whatson.

The Inside Out Museum

Look out for information regarding how we'll be moving some museum activity into the park at Haden Hill House, or onto the windows or railings or into the grounds of our museum sites over the coming months.

Information will be here or on our social media pages.

Learning from home and supporting learning in the classroom while school visits aren't possible

We usually offer a lively programme for schools and educational groups however we have launched a website with sessions, lessons and resources to support parents and teachers. We'll be adding several new sessions each week for you to enjoy.  

 

We are opening our grounds and houses for a series of open days this spring. 25th May- 20th June 2021

Entrance to our sites is free but we advise that you book a ticket to avoid disappointment. Entrance may be possible on the door if slots are available.

Oak House Museum - Wednesday - Thursday and Sunday 10am-1pm - Booking is advised but you can turn up on the day and gain entry if there are slots available.

Bromwich Hall - Tuesday and Saturday - 10am-1pm - Booking advisable to ensure entry, but timeslots may be available on the day.

Haden Hill House - Thursday, Friday and Sunday - 1pm-4pm. Booking is not required for Haden Hill Park but you will need to book a free timed ticket to visit the house.

Wednesbury Museum and art Gallery - Due to ongoing building works we cannot be certain when we will be able to open to the public. Please keep checking back for further details nearer the time. We hope to be open from

Tickets will be available from 18th May 

We want you to have an enjoyable but safe visit to our sites so here is some information you will need to read before your visit.

Watch our introductory re-opening video

Tickets

1. While the rule of 6 is in place you must not visit with more than 5 other people and must not meet up with other groups on site - staff will be monitoring this. Where pre-booked tickets are booked each ticket will admit up to 6 people

2 if you are not from the same household you must social distance from each other. You must socially distance from other groups on site. You must not meet up with other groups.

3. Your ticket is issued for a specific timeslot - We will not be able to admit your group at any other time or if you are late

4. If you require a children’s activity pack for your visit if one is advertised as being available on that particular day you will need to order this online BEFORE your visit. Please check for the day of your visit

Entrance for our open days.

1. Please be aware that things are different from our usual opening procedures and activities
2. If you are 11 years old or over you must wear a face covering when approaching reception and in our toilets and inside our buildings unless medically exempt. For once we also ask you not to touch anything inside the museum.
3.Please sanitise your hands on entrance using the hands-free sanitisers available
4. Please remain at least 2 metres away from staff and other groups visiting the museum, and people you don't live with or are in your bubble
7. We ask that your group remains together throughout your visit, 
9. Refreshments,our shops and playgrounds are not currently available but a toilet is available if you require it.
10. You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds but please take your rubbish home
11. All members of your group who are over 16 will be required to give details at reception and Sandwell Museums and Arts will keep your details for 21 days for test and trace             12. Please DO NOT attend if you have any Coronavirus symptoms. Find out about current listed symptoms of covid 19
13. Most of all we hope you have an enjoyable visit.

We promise

1. Our sites are cleaned regularly
2. Our staff will adhere to social distancing rules and wear face coverings as per government regulations.
3. All activity packs we produce will be put together at least 72 hours before your visit. Staff will sanitise their hands before giving out your pack

Please note that changes may be made at any time due to changes in government guidelines.

We will continue to offer our events and activities online on our social media sites.

You can book tickets to visit our sites this by visiting our online ticket sales site by clicking this link. Tickets will only be available a week or two before the open day so may not be showing yet.  Although we ask you to pre-book, visiting is still FREE although there is a small charge for activity packs. during half term where available 

 

Sandwell Stories - Check out the links below to find videos, blogs, information, pics and more as we share our stories.

Beyond the heritage - Meet Sandwell Museums in this vid

Sandwell Museums - meet the collection 

Museums

Sandwell Museums collection in 10 key objects - Read our blog and see the mini vids that showcase 10 objects we think explain our collection

Sandwell Museums in 10 objects video - 10 more objects in this video with our collections officer.

Mr Kilvert's Sword - Learn about the story of John Ashley Kilvert, who was at the Charge of the Light Brigade and the objects in our collection related to his fascinating story.

The Diggers up - Discover the story of our mort safe.

My Favourite painting a member of staff shares their favourite painting at Wednesbury Museum

The Nostalgia Rooms - Do you remember rooms like this?

Ruskin Pottery and Black Country People at work - While the family at Haden Hill House lived in luxury, many in the Black Country lived in terrace houses and working in factories. Discover one of the best firms to work for at the end of the Victorian period and the fantastic colourful items they made!

Bromwich Hall Stories

The Manor House today

Photos of Bromwich Hall check out some Flikr pics of this fabulous 13th century building. See some pics of our events and activities

What was going on outside Bromwich Hall? - Bromwich Hall is a remarkable survival but what was happening outside the walls of the building in the past? Watch out mini vid.

Why isn't it a pub any more Discover why Bromwich Hall is such an important building by reading this blog

Bringing in the pollinators -mini vid about our little orchard

Ladies of the Manor - Read about some of the women who are associated with Bromwich Hall

Round the back - Watch our vid which shows the different phases of the house's history from around the back

Why have you painted it pink? - Read and discover how medieval buildings were far from being black and white!

We all know people in the past didn't drink the water....or did they? Read about drinking water vs beer in the past.

Staff share some of their favourite things about Bromwich Hall

A member of staff shares something that inspires them - The chapel floor

The great hall - Forget the architecture for a moment, staff share a reason why this building is so amazing! mini vid

Meet the residents. Over 700 years meet 3 people who lived at Bromwich Hall in our short videos.

How Bromwich Hall came to be built in the 1270s - Sarah De Everiis and Margaret de Marnham. Watch our video

Mistress Shilton's letter - Learn about Lettice and Richard Shilton who lived at Bromwich Hall in the 1620s-40s Watch our video

Mr Farnell's memories - In the early 20th century Bromwich Hall was home to 8 families.  Watch our video

Witch Marks! - Watch our video about the intriguing protective marks at Bromwich Hall.

 

Oak House Stories

Oak House rear

Oak House rear in the frost

Beautiful Oak House - Check our our Flikr page showcasing photos of this fabulous building.

Oak House and the community - Check out our Flikr page full of pics of our events and activities

Seaven cowes and heifers - Read about The Oak House farm in the 1600s

Meet the new dairy maid - In this video the old maid introduces how to make cheese and butter to Alice the new dairy maid.

The servants' bedroom - Staff show you around the servants' bedroom at Oak House with a glimpse of the more resent past at the house.

The Oak House meadow - relax and enjoy this video showcasing our meadow at Oak house.

Discovering plants at Oak House - watch out relaxing video about some of the plants at Oak House.

Discovering plants at Oak House - relax and enjoy this lovely video about elder and how it was used in the past.

Rewilding at Oak House - See how we are trying to make our grounds perfect for nature and tell its stories

Ba ba black sheep Discover the origins of this rhyme and what it means for the residents of Oak House in the 1600s.

Patacake Baker's Man - Watch our vid and discover the origins of some of our favourite nursery rhymes. This time patacake.

Lavender Blue - Watch our video and discover how lavender was used long ago - there is also something for you to try.

Ladybird - Discover this nursery rhyme and its meaning.

John Turton's chimney pots - Watch our video about how Master Turton made his house fit for a gentlemen.

Round the back of Oak House - in this video we explore the less well known brick façade.

Exploring the outside of Oak House - Watch our video and discover Oak House and how it developed.

Mistress Turton's lace - watch our video and discover how the Turtons used their clothes to show their wealth and status.

Master Turton's posh staircase - Watch our video and see how John Turton upgraded his house to make it fit for a gentleman

Master Turton's best bed Explore the best bed in the parlour

The oldest clock - Staff showcase the oldest long case clock at Oak House in this little video.

The oldest chest - staff showcase the oldest piece of furniture at Oak House.

Why 17th century buildings weren't so black and white! - Have a look at the Oak House wall painting

The star wars chairs - A member of staff explains why 2 chairs of their favourite.

Shutt up! - Read about quarantine and preventing disease in the 1600s

Mistress Turton's remedies - Discover some 17th century cures for coughs and colds with Mistress Turton in this video - get the orange peel ready!.

Blood letting and burdock - Read how to prevent sunburn in the 17th century.

Where have the priest holes gone? Visitors often tell us they were shown priest holes at Oak House in the 1960s, Read about what has happened to the Oak House priest holes.

Carving spoons - In the 1600s items had to be handmade, watch our video about carving a beautiful wooden spoon.

Penny for a pumpkin - How Halloween and bonfire night got mixed together, read our blog.

Did the idea for the dissolution of the monasteries start in Sandwell? 100 years before the Puritan Turtons moved into Oak House Thomas Cromwell visited Sandwell Priory. Read about what happened.

Try out these old games - You can scratch these boards into the ground or onto a piece of paper or in chalk on the ground. Watch the vids and have a go!

Merelles or Nine Men's Morris

Rota

Mancala

Laurence

Haden Hill, Old Hall and Park

Haden Hill House in Cradley Heath.

An Introduction to Haden Hill House - Watch our introduction video to Haden Hill House 10 minutes

Flikr pics. See some pics of Haden Hill House. See some pics of our events and activities

An introduction to Haden Old Hall - Watch our mini-doc about Haden Old Hall 15 minutes long

When is a Tudor Hall not a Tudor Hall?  Read our blog tracing the history of Haden Tudor Old Hall, which isn't Tudor, that old or a hall - it was probably built by the Hadens though!

Meet George Alfred Haden Haden Best - George Alfred tells you his story of how he came to build Haden Hill House and inherit the Haden/ Barrs estate.

Best's Angels - Meet Emmie and Alice - Check out the website for our project Best's Angels, read Emmie's diaries, see photos and find out about George Alfred's adopted daughters

Shoes and socks off, we're off for a paddle - Read our blog and enjoy our photographs of George Alfred Haden Haden Best at the seaside.

A treasure trove - Several years ago a box of glass plates of the family at Haden Hill house in the early 1900s came into our possession. We have only a few pics of the family.

Make shelf edging with the housekeeper - Watch our video and try you hand at making shelf edging at home.

Haden Hill Park - Watch our 20 minute mini-doc about Haden Hill park and its historic landscape.

The Inside out museum - Visit Haden Hill Park and take a walk around this historic landscape with our map. Discover information in the windows of our buildings as you can't look around at the moment which will tell you about the history of the houses and park. Enjoy 55 acres of green flag parkland too.

Self guided tour of the historic sites

Visit the historic parkland and explore the historic features.

Staff showcase some of their favourite bits of Haden Hill House or things that have caught their eye.

A glimpse at the amazing floor

A glimpse at the housekeeper's cupboard.

A glimpse at the library at Haden Hill House

A glimpse at the jardinières in the library

A glimpse at the fabulous internal doors

A glimpse at the drawing room.

A glimpse at the Oak Room

Medicine bottles

The hot water bottle

Bloomers!

A glimpse at the rustic bridge

A glimpse at the hermitage

A glimpse at the top pool

The cedar of Lebonan

The ha ha

Amazing hand drawn cards and envelopes to Mr Haden Best

Mrs Martin's guide to wartime rationing - Watch our video about wartime rationing. Haden Hill House and Old Hall were used for a variety of reasons during World War II including as a food store and for billeting evacuees before a home was found for them, the Homeguard drilled in the park and parts of the park were used to plant veg

Bishop Asbury Cottage - The tiny cottage with a big story

More vids and info to come by 18th September!

The prophet on the long road Francis Asbury tells you his story in his own words

Probably the most famous person you've never heard of! Find out the fascinating story of Francis Asbury

Take a tour of Bishop Asbury Cottage - This 15 minute video gives you a tour of this tiny cottage

Museum Musings

Check out our fascinating blogs with history stories, information, peeps behind the scenes etc.

 

Important visitor information - Please read before you visit

  • Scroll down the page to find out what activities are available at our different sites. Please note that our sites are open at advertised times below and also for general casual visitors. For these general opening hours click the links to the site page. We will be updating our events throughout the year for the coming season so keep coming back to see what's on next.
  • Entrance to our sites is FREE unless an admission charge is stated for specific activities and there is no need to book unless it states booking is required. To book, phone the relevant site or pop in - cash or cheque only.
  • Please note that staff are not available to take phone calls every day.  Please avoid calling on Mondays.
  • Follow the links below to the site pages to find out about opening times, accessibility and facilities
  • We are unable to accommodate pushchairs inside our buildings due to the size and nature of our sites.                               

  • Assistance dogs only on site please.

  • Please note that social media posts may not include all information about a given event, there is more information and details below.

  • Online bookings - Please note that tickets once purchased will not be refunded unless an error in booking has occurred (eg clicked the wrong time) .Where you have booked tickets online but request a refund; where a refund is deemed appropriate visitors must request their refund to the site via email or by phone giving the name the ticket was booked in and the valid reason for a refund. A refund of the face value of the tickets will be given - booking fees will not be refunded. Refunds will not be authorised less than 3 days before an event as we will need chance to be able to resell your ticket. Refunds won't be issued if you can't come on the day or don't turn up on the day. We are unable to refund booking fees in the unlikely event of an event cancellation as this is the fee taken by the ticket company.

  • January - please note our sites are completely closed to groups, visitors and pre-booked activities in January -  we don't take bookings in January due to deep cleaning, maintenance and planning activities

Museum Musings

Behind the scenes insight, cracking history information and lots of interesting stuff in our Sandwell Museums blog. Find out more about what goes on behind the closed doors at sandwell Museums. and some great history bits and bobs 

 

Oak House Museum, Oak Road, West Bromwich - 0121 553 0759

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Play area at Oak House

 

 

 

 

Oak House family fun

Oak House family Fun


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Find out about general opening times, facilities, directions and other information about Oak House Museum.

Haden Hill House Museum, off Barrs Road, Cradley Heath - 01384 569 444

 

Museum assistant Anne Willetts and visitor services officer Alison Hyatt prepare for the VE Day 70th anniversary event at Haden Hill House Museum

 

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Find out about general opening times, facilities, directions and other information about Haden Hill House and Old Hall.

Bromwich Hall - The Manor House Museum, Hall Green Road, West Bromwich, 0121 588 2985

 

Aerial view of manor

 

 

Find out about general opening times, facilities and other information about the Manor House Museum.

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road - 0121 556 0683

 

 

 

Find out about general opening times, facilities and other information about Wednesbury Museum. 

The Arts Cafe at Central Sixth , West Bromwich

 

 

Galton Valley Canal Museum, Smethwick, B66 1BA

Galton Valley

Galton Valley Pumping station is open on the second Saturday of the month 10am-3pm from March to October Entry FREE - Dog Friendly

Housed in the New Smethwick Pumping Station the canal museum tells the story of the Galton Valley canal system and the people that lived and worked on it. Entry to the museum is free and there are light refreshments available. Sorry there are no toilet facilities.

Manned by our brilliant Friends group. Entrance is FREE -  Call 0121 556 0683 for more information.

Here are our 2020 open days

14th March

11th April - Enjoy our Easter trail for younger visitors and get a small chocolate egg for completing the trail.

9th May

13th June

11th July - Enjoy the heritage boat at the pumping station

8th August

12th September

19th September

10th October

Bishop Asbury Cottage

Bishop Asbury Cottage normally hosts several public open days per year FREE. keep checking back here for details

Alternatively you can book in a group visit for a small charge per person by calling 0121 553 0759.

Look out for our 2020 free open days in spring and September 2020.

Join us!

You can also 'join us' and discover there are 'More to Museums' - find out what regular groups or activities adults can get involved with from gardening or knitting, fund raising, volunteering or dressing up!