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What's on? - Open days, events and activities

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Scroll down the page for what's on and upcoming events and activities.

Spring into Spring with Sandwell Museums

Oak House

For information on opening times and visiting.

Jubilee Week Tuesday 31 May 11-3pm. Ron Popple Magic Show—Tickets available soon. Crafts from 50p and trails. House and tearoom open. Entry Free

Jubilee Week Wednesday 1 June 11-3pm. Little Queens Sewing Workshop, crafts  from 50p and trails, house and tearoom open. Free entry

Jubilee Week Thursday 2 June 11-3pm Free. Crafts from 50p and trails. House and tearoom open. Free entry

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery

Visit our site pages for general opening times and visiting information

Soul Heaven- Enjoy our fantastic Northern Soul exhibition by artist Anthony McFarlane with scooters, fashion and other exciting objects and photos on display. Opening from 18th May until the end of 2022. Call for details on 0121 556 0683 Open when museum is open

Crowns and Scooters - Tuesday 31 May 12pm-4pm and Wednesday 1 June 11am-4pm. Pop in an explore our Northern Soul Exhibition, you visitors can make a crown to celebrate the Queen's jubilee, enjoy our scooter trail and make and decorate a cardboard scooter to take home. Free entry, £1-£2.50 for craft activities.

Bromwich Hall - West Bromwich Manor House

Find out days when you can come along and explore the building

Shakespeare in Sandwell - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Wednesday 8th June 7pm. Gates 6:15pm. The festival players role into town once again this year for our annual theatre performance in the park. This year the players bring Shakespeare's magical play full of fairies and magical creatures to the grounds of Bromwich Hall. Please bring a seat and you are welcome to bring a picnic too. This is an outdoor performance. Book your tickets . Free parking on site.

A Summer Day at Bromwich Hall -  Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st May. 11am-3pm. Entry Free. Join us at Bromwich Hall grounds and enjoy our sand pit area, garden games, crafts and trails. Why not bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds!

Jubilee Garden Party - Saturday 4 June 1pm-4pm. Celebrate the Queen's Jubilee with our summer garden party. Enjoy children's entertainment, a bouncy castle and garden games. Bring a picnic and a picnic blanket.

Enjoy the Old Beams and magic and balloons with Ron Popple - Saturday 11th June 11am-3pm. Come along and explore 800 years of history at Bromwich Hall and see this fantastic medieval house, the homes of the Lords of the Manor of West Bromwich and discover its stories. For young visitors enjoy our magic show at 1pm and entertainment during the afternoon. Why not bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds.

A wealth of talent - Saturday 16 July. Join us for an afternoon of musical entertainment with local young performers. More information to follow

The Jazz Festival - Sunday 17 July - from 2pm Entry Free. Join us for another year of great music. Entry free.

Games day 11am-3pm Saturday 6 August. Join us for a family fun packed day of games and activities.

Medieval Mayhem - 17 and 18 September 11am-4pm - Enjoy a weekend of medieval fun and activities, knights and ladies with our medieval encampment with historical interpretation group, Buckingham's Retinue. Entry Free

Haden Hill House - Rowley Regis

For general opening hours and visitor information

Jubilee celebration event - Sunday 5 June 12pm-4pm entry free. Join us for an afternoon celebrating the queen's jubilee with live music, entertainment, a bouncy castle, crafts and trails.

When the Queen came to Sandwell - Enjoy our photographic exhibition showcasing photos of the Queen's visits to Sandwell or Sandwell people enjoying royal occasions such as the coronation.

GoPlay crafts and activities. Tues 31 May 11am-3pm, no need to book just drop in and enjoy a variety of activities with GoPlay Sandwell.

Make your own bunting. Wed 1 June 11am – 3pm. No need to book just drop in, look around the house and young visitors can enjoy making your own bunting

Thursday 2nd June - Not open

Make a crown- Fri 3 June 11am – 3pm – Just drop in and visit this lovely house and young visitors can make a crown to take home.

Crafts and trails- Sat  4 June 12pm – 4pm, visit us and enjoy crafts and trails for young visitors.

Lovely Jublee Jubilee Celebration -Sun 5 June 12pm – 4pm –  enjoy music, children's entertainment, bouncy castle, crafts and trails in the park and Haden Old Hall will be open and also the Tea Room will be open. Why not bring a picnic! Entry Free

Shine A Light Festival - Sat 25 June – more details to follow.

The Jazz Festival - Sunday 24 July, 2pm Join us in Haden Hill park once again this year for live music as part of the Birmingham Jazz festival. Band details to follow, entry free

 

 

Entrance to our sites is free but there may be a charge for some activities and open times may change due to special events or activities- see the events listing below for details.

Visitor Information

* You don't need to book to visit on open days but you may need to book for some activities or events. See the listings below for details.

* The sites may be open at other times other than the open days below for activities or events or opening times may change due to events.

* We are unable to accommodate pushchairs, please leave them in the designated areas outside buildings

* Assistance dogs only at our sites

* We encourage you to continue to wear a face covering inside our buildings for the safety of staff, volunteers and other visitors and respect other people's personal space. Please use the sanitisers provided on entrance and before using our play areas. Do not attend our sites if you have any covid 19 symptoms.

 

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 video

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. 

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

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

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.

 

Play area at Oak House

 

Oak House family fun

Oak House family Fun/


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.

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!