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

 

Halloween and autumn at Sandwell Museums

Spooky Fun and Autumnal antics

 

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We are opening our grounds and houses for a series of open days and safe activities this autumn

We're open!

 

Open to the public

Open Days

Entrance to our sites is free but there may be a charge for some activities.

You don't need to book to visit on open days but you may need to book for some activities and craft bags. See the listings below for details.

The sites may be open at other times other than the open days below for bookable activities or events.

Scroll down the page for information about our autumn events and activities! Winter and Christmas activities will be advertised after Halloween.

We ask 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. We ask you to continue to sign into test and trace although this is your personal choice and please observe our one way-system. 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 and book a PCR test. Open days and event and activity information is below. Toilets are available on site, but refreshments may not be available - call the site for information.

October and November Open Days

Bromwich Hall - 0121 588 2985. Tuesday 19th October 10am-4:30pm - .  Last admission 30 mins before closing. Open for special events and activities at other times in October, November and December. 19th October is your last chance to explore the history of the house this year. 

Haden Hill House - 01384 569 444. Thursdays and Fridays 10:30am-12:30am and then 2pm-5pm and Sundays 11am-3:30pm. Last admission 30 minutes before the museum closes. Open at other times for special events and activities

Oak House Museum - 0121 553 0759. Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. House 11am-3:30pm grounds 11am-4pm and every first Saturday and Sunday of the month (2nd and 3rd October). Last admission half an hour before the museum closes. Open at other times for special events and activities

Wednesbury Museum and art Gallery - 0121 556 0683. Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery will be open from Sunday 24th November for open days. 

Tuesday: 11:00am – 5pm (last Entry 4:30pm)
Wednesday: 11:00am – 5:00pm (Last Entry 4:30pm) *
Thursday: 11:00am – 5pm (last Entry 4:30pm)
Sundays: apart from the first Sunday of the month - hours to be confirmed (call 0121 556 0683 for up to date info)

Bishop Asbury Cottage and Galton Valley Pumping Station - There are currently no plans for open days at these sites but we hope we can open them  in 2022.

Check out our Facebook page events tab for details about a few little extras such as for families in school holidays and other small scale activities

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.

Booking Tickets for activities

You will need to pre-book for some of our activities and craft activity bags so that we can ensure our visitors are safe and numbers are limited. Please check you are purchasing the correct thing before you buy! You can book your tickets here. If you need to pre-book or there is a cost it will say so in the listing, if not just turn up! 

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

Autumnal Antics

Bromwich Hall - 0121 588 2985

October

Wizard School- Tuesday 26 October, 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm- Dress up in your best magical outfit and join Professor Calculus Black for a fun packed, exciting session of wand duelling, house sorting, magical creatures and more! Each child will leave with a wand and other goodies! Recommended for ages 5-14 years- £15 per child, £2 per adult – Advance booking required

Spooky Pumpkin Carving- Wednesday 27 October, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2pm- Scoop, carve and decorate your pumpkins ready for Halloween- £3 per child (pumpkin included), 50p per adult - Advance booking required

Creepy Crafts- Thursday 28 October, 11am-3pm- Come along for some creepy crafts and trails at Bromwich Hall- Free Entry (crafts from 50p)

Bride of Bromwich Hall… can you escape? (Family Friendly)- 10am-5:30pm- Are you and your family brave enough to investigate what happened that fateful night? Search the Hall, follow the clues and discover the secret of the Bride of Bromwich Hall. All ages welcome but we recommend for ages 6+  £5 per person- Advance booking required

Bride of Bromwich Hall… can you escape (Grown Ups Only)- 7pm & 8:30pm- A terrible thing happened here long ago... Stories have circulated of strange noises, unusual lights and shadows through the windows. For the first time we are opening the doors, so you can search for clues and investigate first-hand what really happened that fateful night and discover the secret of the Bride of Bromwich Hall. Recommended for adults and young adults over 14 (under 18's must be accompanied) £5 per person- Advance booking required

NOVEMBER- “Dark November”

Weird Wednesdays: 3 November (Palm Reading) 10 November (Tarot Evening) 17 November (Tea Leaf & Crystal Ball Gazing) 6:30pm - Join Professor Black for three magical evenings in November learning the ancient art of palm reading, tarot cards, crystal ball gazing and tea leaf reading. Invite your friends and learn how to read your own future- No experience needed! As the saying goes...The Future is in your hands! ... or cups... or cards... or crystal balls! Sessions will run for 2 hours- £10 per person- Advance booking required

Psychic Afternoon Tea- Sunday 14 November, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm- Enjoy an Afternoon Tea inside our medieval great hall whilst joined by a number of mediums at your table. Sessions will include two 30-minute table readings and an Afternoon Tea including a selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones. Please call 0121 588 2985 or email bromwichhall_museum@sandwell.gov.uk for any dietary requirements. £28 per person- Advance booking required

Ghost Hunting - Paranormal Investigation at Bromwich Hall- Saturday 20 November, 7pm-11pm - Explore the darker side of Bromwich Hall's history as we are joined by professional investigators- Lotus Wolf, for a Paranormal Investigation around our 13th century manor house - £20 per person – Advance booking required

To book onto any of these sessions visit https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/sandwell-museums-and-arts

Go to our facebook page for up to date information at www.facebook.com/sandwellmuseums

Haden Hill House - 01384 569 444

Enjoy autumnal trails and things to spot for young visitors throughout the season. Where booking is required you can book by clicking here.

Wednesday 20 October -Be Curious and Creative this Autumn. TAM (Tots At Museums) session at Haden Hill House Museum
10.30am – 11.30am or 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Bookable sessions with lots of autumnal fun for our youngest visitors and their families for 2 – 3 year olds
tickets available now 

Thursday 28 October -Decorate a pumpkin - instead of carving a pumpkin come along and decorate a pumpkin! Let your imagination run wild!
11am – 12pm & 2pm – 3pm. Bookable workshops suitable for 5 years and above
tickets available now, a small charge will apply

Thursday 28 October Halloween at Haden Hill House Museum
10.30am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 7pm
Bookable visit -  See Haden Hill House decorated for the spooky season and enjoy our spooky trails. You can visit us in to the evening when it is dark and really spooky!
Tickets available now, free entry

Friday 29 October -Halloween at Haden Hill House Museum
10.30am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 5pm
Bookable visit - Visit the house and see it dressed for the spooky season, enjoy our spooky trails.
Tickets available now , free entry

Sunday 31 October - Halloween at Haden Hill House Museum
11am – 3.30pm
Bookable visit -  See the house dressed for the spooky season and enjoy our spooky trails.
Tickets available now, free entry

Sunday 7 November - Gunpowder Treason and Plot - 11am-3pm information and trails about the gunpowder plot and how it came to Rowley Regis. 

Sunday 14 November - Remembrance Sunday
11am – 3.00pm
Local history remembrance displays around the museum. No booking required just turn up.

Oak House - 0121 553 0759

Where booking is required click here for the link to booking.

Gargoyle trail

Tuesday 26th October 2021  Free Entry, no need to book 11-6pm House open until 5pm

Come along to Oak House and spot the gargoyles and grotesques in our autumn outdoor trail. Explore our spooky grounds and visit our magical toadstool barn but do not be afraid when you enter our spooky witch’s kitchen, for they will do you no harm, well, probably not…
Explore your artistic side with our pebble painting workshop or make a lovely autumn leaf fox face or natural wind chime. Halloween craft bags will also be available for you to buy, to take home or make on site. Craft activities from 50p. Tea and coffee will be available in the tea room.

Come along to Oak House and spot the gargoyles and grotesques in our autumn outdoor trail. Explore our spooky grounds and visit our magical toadstool barn but do not be afraid when you enter our spooky witch’s kitchen for they will do you no harm, well, probably not… Meet some of our friendly Oak House rats and learn about the real history of the plague.

Explore your artistic side with our pebble painting workshop or make a lovely autumn leaf fox face or natural wind chime. Halloween craft bags will also be available for you to buy, to take home or make on site. Craft activities from 50p Tea and coffee will be available in the tea room.

Enjoy our Gargoyle trail in the grounds - Wednesday 27th 11am-3pm. See above for details

Witches and Witchfinders- Thursday 28th October 2021
1-9pm Entry free, no need to book. Visit the Oak House witches cooking up some horrible spells and learn about real 17th century cures. Listen to stories of highwaymen on one of the last remaining areas of ancient West Bromwich heathland. Visit the witchfinder inside Oak House and listen to some of his gruesome stories.

Haunted Black Country talk with Ian Bott - 7:30pm-8;30pm. Local historian Ian Bott will be giving a talk about real hauntings in the Black Country at 7:30pm in the Oak House classroom. Please arrive half an hour early. Talk lasts approximately 1 hour. Tickets are available at £2.50 each: click the link above to purchase online as spaces are limited. Mask wearing and social distancing inside our buildings is encouraged. Oak House and grounds are open from 1pm-9pm on the 28th so make sure to look around the house and enjoy our other activities whilst you are here!

Autumnal crafts and trails - Saturday 6th November 2021
11-2pm Entry Free, no need to book, free entry to house and grounds. Autumn themed crafts and trails at Oak House Museum. From 50p. Tea and coffee will be available in the tea room.

Tales of the toadstools - Sunday 7th November 2021
11-2pm - Entry Free, no need to book. Tales of the toadstools with Lukas Large. Natural Science Curator from Birmingham Museums Trust Lukas will be at Oak House Museum this Sunday. An exciting opportunity to come and learn all about mushrooms and toadstools and how many different varieties we get at Oak House. Visit our magical toadstool barn and find our toadstool trail. Tea and coffee will be available in the tea room.

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery - 0121 556 0683

If you want a change from spooky fun then visit Wednesbury Museum this half term and enjoy our new circus exhibition. Enjoy the trails and take an activity bag to enjoy activities around the gallery and at home. Free entry, no need to book. A small charge for the activity bag when you get on site. See above for open days. 

 

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!