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Come see the Tug Boats

29 April - 01 May

Join us this Bank Holiday weekend to see  our  tug boats. Tug boats will make a rare...

May Pole

May Day at the Museum

01 May

Join us for our May Day celebrations this Bank Holiday Monday (1 May). Grab a maypole ribbon...

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Knit and Natter to help BCLM

05 May

Do You Enjoy A Good Yarn? Bring your knitting for a cuppa and a cant Knitting volunteers...

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Gin Lane – Sold Out

06 May

This event has now sold out. See our other  tasting evenings. Our Bottle & Glass Inn...

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Fireside Tales

06 May

 Speech and song, story and verse, write it down, tell them from memory or off the cuff...

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Junior Heritage Skills Workshops

06 May

Come and take part in a range of hands-on traditional art and craft activities to develop your...

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Reclaim Photography Festival 2017: Reclaiming Our Cultural Landscape

06 May

Join us on Sat 6 May to see the Reclaim Photography exhibition This eagerly awaited second...

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Deaf Awareness Day

08 May

In the run up to Deaf Awareness Week 2017, join us to celebrate our  first ever Deaf...

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An Introduction to Calligraphy

13 May

A practical workshop exploring the handwriting of Marion Richardson with Art teacher and...

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Knit and Natter to help BCLM

19 May

Do You Enjoy A Good Yarn? Bring your knitting for a cuppa and a cant Knitting volunteers...

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Red by Night

20 May

Experience the industrial might of the Black Country at Red by Night as skilled craftsmen, live...

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Members Only - Get Closer: Red by Night

20 May

Skip the queues and join other members for an exclusive pre-event experience. Gain access to...

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Forge Experience Day - Sold Out

20 May

This event has now sold out - please see other dates at experience days A "hands on"...

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Pots, Pans & Progress: Domestic Life Study Day

20 May

Join us on this study day to take a look at how the technological and social changes of the 19 th ...

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Creative Story Writing Workshop at the Locksmith's House

20 May

Come and unlock your creative side with the Black Country Living Museum’s poet-in-residence...

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Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Service

21 May

Enjoy a pleasant Sunday afternoon in our quaint 19 th century chapel as the Friends of the Black...

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Half Term: In the Thick of it, Children in Industry

27 May - 04 June

This half-term, take a walk in the well-worn shoes of the Black Country’s working children...

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Young Archaeologists' and Curators' Club (YACC)

31 May

Take part in our FREE holiday club   exploring the past* Join us to undertake...

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Knit and Natter to help BCLM

02 June

Do You Enjoy A Good Yarn? Bring your knitting for a cuppa and a cant Knitting volunteers...

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Junior Heritage Skills Workshops

03 June

Come and take part in a range of hands-on traditional art and craft activities to develop your...

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An Introduction to Stone Masonry

10 June

Learn the basic techniques of carving and shaping stone. This is a practical workshop in which you...

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Glass Painting

10 June

On this course you will learn the basics of traditional glass painting in enamels using tracing,...

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Knit and Natter to help BCLM

16 June

Do You Enjoy A Good Yarn? Bring your knitting for a cuppa and a cant Knitting volunteers are...

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Transport Driving Experience Evening

16 June

Join our transport team for an evening of vintage cars. Starting with an early supper at our...

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Forge Experience Day

17 June

A "hands on" experience of Blacksmithing under the experienced guidance of our Locksmith...

Classic Car Show

Festival of Black Country Vehicles

18 June

Wheeling into its 15th year, this annual gathering of cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles...

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Willow Basket Weaving - Round Basket - Sold Out

18 June

This course has now sold out - please see similar courses on our  programme of Heritage...

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Antique's Roadshow

21 June

BBC One’s ever-popular Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow comes to Black Country...

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Painting with Acrylics

24 June

Through short demonstrations and individual tuition, you will learn the basics of painting and a...

The Hidden History of Costume: Study Day at Locksmith’s House

The Hidden History of Costume: Study Day at Locksmith’s House

24 June

 A fun, informative and hands-on day for anyone with an interest in historic costume. ...

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Knit and Natter to help BCLM

30 June

Do You Enjoy A Good Yarn? Bring your knitting for a cuppa and a cant Knitting volunteers are...

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The Open Road: Story of Black Country Vehicles

01 July

An evening event linked to the Festival of Black Country Vehicles. The evening will include...

Banks's Beer Tasting

Banks’s Black Country Beers

01 July

Try Banks’s top 10 finest ales in our Bottle & Glass Inn whilst meeting the brewer and...

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Metal Working Experience

01 July

Join our skilled metalworkers for a day of heat and hammers. Step into a vintage industry...

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Junior Heritage Skills Workshops

01 July

Come and take part in a range of hands-on traditional art and craft activities to develop your...

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Sinamay Hats

01 July

During this one day course you will learn the basic techniques of sculpting, shaping and trimming...

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Beginners’ Bobbin Lace Making Day Course

01 July

During the day you will be taught the basic techniques of traditional bobbin lace making, and will...

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Black Country Weekend

08 July - 09 July

  Join us as we spend the weekend celebrating the region in the run up to the fourth...

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Family Creative Writing Workshops

08 July

Come as a family– whether that is parents, children, grandparents, brothers and sisters,...

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Willow Basket Weaving - Oval Basket

08 July - 09 July

A two-day course where you will be making an oval shopping basket with a handle that you can take...

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Knit and Natter to help BCLM

14 July

Do You Enjoy A Good Yarn? Bring your knitting for a cuppa and a cant Knitting volunteers are...

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1940s Weekend

15 July - 16 July

Spend the weekend in wartime Britain at Black Country Living Museum’s highly popular ...

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1940s Evening

15 July

The spirit of the ‘40s will live on into the night as a separate evening event takes place...

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Forge Experience Day

22 July

A "hands on" experience of Blacksmithing under the experienced guidance of our Locksmith...

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Let's Get Sporty! Summer Holiday

22 July - 03 September

Join us this summer as we race, jump and skip our way through some traditional sports of the Black...

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Young Archaeologists' and Curators' Club (YACC)

26 July

Take part in our FREE holiday club   exploring the past* Join us to undertake...

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Knit and Natter to help BCLM

28 July

Do You Enjoy A Good Yarn? Bring your knitting for a cuppa and a cant Knitting volunteers are...

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Family Pottery Making Workshops

28 July

Come and take part together in a fun and creative workshop. Learn an exciting variety of making...

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An Introductory to Pottery Making

29 July

Using Ruskin Pottery as a source of inspiration, participants will create their very own clay pot...

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Young Archaeologists' and Curators' Club (YACC)

02 August

Take part in our FREE holiday club   exploring the past* Join us to undertake...

Family Crochet for Beginners

Family Crochet for Beginners

03 August

Come and learn how to crochet in a fun and friendly environment – you’ll soon get...

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Junior Heritage Skills Workshops

05 August

Come and take part in a range of hands-on traditional art and craft activities to develop your...

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Family Introduction to Felt Making

08 August

Learn about the history of the craft while developing a fantastic piece to take home. This two...

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Young Archaeologists' and Curators' Club (YACC)

09 August

Take part in our FREE holiday club   exploring the past* Join us to undertake...

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Knit and Natter to help BCLM

11 August

Do You Enjoy A Good Yarn? Bring your knitting for a cuppa and a cant Knitting volunteers are...

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Family Rag Rug Making Workshop

15 August

Come and learn the traditional techniques of rag rug making with a modern twist in a fun and...

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Young Archaeologists' and Curators' Club (YACC)

16 August

Take part in our FREE holiday club   exploring the past* Join us to undertake...

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Forge Experience Day

19 August

A "hands on" experience of Blacksmithing under the experienced guidance of our Locksmith...

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Junior workshop - Leaves and Flowers: Copper Foil & Liquid Enamel

22 August

Come and create a metal and enamel flower. Learn the technique of metal forming and embossing to...

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Young Archaeologists' and Curators' Club (YACC)

23 August

Take part in our FREE holiday club   exploring the past* Join us to undertake...

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Knit and Natter to help BCLM

25 August

Do You Enjoy A Good Yarn? Bring your knitting for a cuppa and a cant Knitting volunteers are...

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The Locksmith's House - Summer Fun Day

29 August

From 11am - 4pm Summer at the Locksmith's House,  Join us for tours of the house and find...

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Young Archaeologists' and Curators' Club (YACC)

30 August

Take part in our FREE holiday club   exploring the past* Join us to undertake...

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Junior Heritage Skills Workshops

02 September

Come and take part in a range of hands-on traditional art and craft activities to develop your...

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Knit and Natter to help BCLM

08 September

Do You Enjoy A Good Yarn? Bring your knitting for a cuppa and a cant Knitting volunteers are...

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Peaky Blinders Night

08 September - 09 September

Sat 9 & Sat 16 Sep are now Sold Out. Tickets are still available for Fri 8 & Fri 15...

Locksmith's House FREE Open Day!

Heritage Open Day at The Locksmith's House, Willenhall

09 September

Step back into the past at the Locksmith’s House in Willenhall. The Hodson family of lock...

Glass Engraving

Glass Engraving

09 September

In this one day course, participants will learn the basics of hand engraved glass. This is a...

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Hidden Objects: Tour and Tea

09 September

Join our Curators to  find out about their work behind the scenes   and see some of the...

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Peaky Blinders Night

15 September - 16 September

Sat 9 & Sat 16 Sep are now Sold Out. Tickets are still available for Fri 8 & Fri 15...

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The Write Tack: a creative writing workshop

16 September

The 'write' approach and the 'write' equipment: using both the built environment of the Museum and...

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Members Only - Get Closer: Peaky Blinders - FULLY BOOKED

16 September

Skip the queues and join other members for an exclusive pre-event Peaky Blinders experience As...

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Knit and Natter to help BCLM

22 September

Do You Enjoy A Good Yarn? Bring your knitting for a cuppa and a cant Knitting volunteers are...

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Canal Art Family Learning Workshops

23 September - 24 September

Find out about the traditional skills of canal art and learn how to paint a rose design. In...

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Canal Art for Beginners: Roses - Sold Out

23 September

This course has now sold out - please see similar courses on our  programme of Heritage...

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Forge Experience Day

23 September

A "hands on" experience of Blacksmithing under the experienced guidance of our Locksmith...

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Boat People of the Black Country: Study Day

23 September

 The day will include an overview of the history the BCN (Birmingham Canal Navigations) in...

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Historic Boaters’ Gathering

23 September - 24 September

‘Leg it’ to the Black Country and take part in one of the most atmospheric inland...

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Canal Art for Beginners: Castles

24 September

Julie Tonkin, one of the UK's leading canal artists  will teach you the traditions of folk...

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Metal Working Experience

24 September

Join our skilled metalworkers for a day of heat and hammers. Step into a vintage industry...

Harvest Festival

Dig for Victory

30 September - 01 October

Experience the harvest season in wartime Britain as we transform home-grown fruit and vegetables...

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Knit and Natter to help BCLM

06 October

Do You Enjoy A Good Yarn? Bring your knitting for a cuppa and a cant Knitting volunteers are...

Rag rug making

Rag Rug Making

07 October

Learn about the traditional craft of rag-rug making. During the workshop Jenni will demonstrate...

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Sweet Making Experience - Sold Out

07 October

This event has now sold out - please see similar activities on our programme of  experience...

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Victorian Bakery Experience

07 October

Experience life in our Victorian bakery, baker’s parlour and baker's shop. Meet your host...

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Fireside Tales

07 October

 Speech and song, story and verse, write it down, tell them from memory or off the cuff...

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Junior Heritage Skills Workshops

07 October

Come and take part in a range of hands-on traditional art and craft activities to develop your...

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Learning by Lamplight

14 October

An evening event linked to the Historic Lighting Weekend celebrating the wonderful world of...

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Victorian Bakery & Sweet Making Experience

14 October

Experience life in our Victorian bakery, baker’s parlour and baker's shop. Meet your host...

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Forge Experience Day

14 October

A "hands on" experience of Blacksmithing under the experienced guidance of our Locksmith...

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Historic Lighting Weekend

14 October - 15 October

Join us as we take you on a journey of light. Learn about how we moved from candlelight to...

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Knit and Natter to help BCLM

20 October

Do You Enjoy A Good Yarn? Bring your knitting for a cuppa and a cant Knitting volunteers are...

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Foul Foods - Half Term Activities

21 October - 29 October

Become a Victorian food detective this half-term and help us separate foul foods from tasty...

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Introduction to Candle Making - Sold Out

21 October

This course has now sold out - please see similar courses on our programme of Heritage Skills...

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Candle Making Family Learning Workshops

22 October

Learn two traditional candle making techniques –container candles and soya wax pillar...

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Halloween Nights

25 October - 28 October

Get ready for a frightfully good evening of entertainment at the Black Country Living...

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Young Archaeologists' and Curators' Club (YACC)

25 October

Take part in our FREE holiday club    exploring the past* Join us to undertake...

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The Locksmith's House - Horrible Willenhall Histories

28 October

From 11am - 4pm Horrible Willenhall Histories, Spooky themed trail and family friendly ghost...

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Knit and Natter to help BCLM

03 November

Do You Enjoy A Good Yarn? Bring your knitting for a cuppa and a cant Knitting volunteers are...

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Beginners’ Felt Making

04 November

 Learn the basic skills of feltmaking producing a flat sample piece from unspun wool and...

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Fireside Tales

04 November

 Speech and song, story and verse, write it down, tell them from memory or off the cuff...

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Junior Heritage Skills Workshops

04 November

Come and take part in a range of hands-on traditional art and craft activities to develop your...

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Tram Driving Experience Day

07 November

Join our expert team to learn all about the history and workings of the trams in our collection,...

Remembrance Service

Remembrance Service

11 November

The Springfield Brewery war memorial honours former employees who both served and lost their lives...

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Glass Fusion

11 November

In this one day course, participants will make glass Christmas tree decorations and unique gifts...

Glass Fusion

Glass Fusion

12 November

In this one day course, participants will make glass Christmas tree decorations and unique gifts...

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Tram Driving Experience Day

13 November

Join our expert team to learn all about the history and workings of the trams in our collection,...

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Knit and Natter to help BCLM

17 November

Do You Enjoy A Good Yarn? Bring your knitting for a cuppa and a cant Knitting volunteers are...

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Willow Christmas Decorations

18 November

A full day′s experience with basketmaker Rachel Evans of Wheatcroftwillow will see you...

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Forge Experience Day

18 November

A "hands on" experience of Blacksmithing under the experienced guidance of our Locksmith...

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Knit and Natter to help BCLM

01 December

Do You Enjoy A Good Yarn? Bring your knitting for a cuppa and a cant Knitting volunteers are...

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Junior Heritage Skills Workshops

02 December

Come and take part in a range of hands-on traditional art and craft activities to develop your...

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Young Archaeologists' and Curators' Club (YACC)

20 December

Take part in our FREE holiday club    exploring the past* Join us to undertake...

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