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1940s Weekend 2020

1940s Weekend - cancelled

11 July - 12 July 2020

Usual opening hours & general admission prices apply for this event.

The BCLM UnChained Pass is valid for daytime visits, however it is not valid for the evening event which is pre-book only.

1940s Weekend - cancelled

11 July - 12 July 2020

We’ve reluctantly decided to cancel this event as a result of the ongoing public health situation due to coronavirus (Covid-19).

We’re sorry that we’ve had to take this decision and for any disappointment this may cause. Where possible, our priority is to postpone and re-schedule events. However, on this occasion, we’ve been unable to find an alternative date.

Spend the weekend in wartime Britain at our highly popular 1940s Weekend.

Step back in time and immerse yourself into the sights and sounds of wartime Britain in one of the country's biggest and best 1940s events! For an entire weekend, the Museum will be transformed as vintage vehicles, 40s civilians and army personnel fill the streets.

Meet the Air Raid Wardens, Land Girls, Firemen, Soldiers and an array of other characters from the Black Country's wartime past. Rations and blackouts, air raids and drills; step back in time to see how the Black Country kept calm and carried on.

Explore an electric wartime atmosphere of entertainment, food and fashion. There will be a host of vintage entertainment including live music, wartime variety shows, austerity-busting 'make-do-and-mend' workshops, vintage stalls, street performers and more. 

Important Information

1940s Weekend will take place on Sat 11 Jul – Sun 12 Jul between 10am-5pm.

Looking for tickets? To attend during the daytime part of our 1940s Weekend, you can either book general admission tickets online or simply show up and pay on the day. All full price general admission tickets come with a free UnChained Annual pass, which will give you 12 months’ unlimited daytime visits. If you already have an UnChained Annual Pass, you can use that to visit us for 1940s Weekend during the daytime free of charge. Please note that passes are not valid for the evening event, which is pre-book only. For more information on the Unchained Pass, please see our terms and conditions.

If you are planning to visit us for the whole weekend and the evening, there will be a break between the Saturday daytime event, ending at 5pm and the evening event, beginning at 6.30pm. Visitors will be asked to leave the Museum site for this hour and a half.

We welcome all visitors to take part and dress 1940s - please feel free to don your trilby or glam up with victory rolls as much as you like as dressing 1940s style is encouraged for this event! However, please respect that this is a homefront event - Allied Forces only.

Please note period firearms must be decommissioned and accompanied by the relevant deactivation paperwork. We reserve the right to refuse entry to visitors carrying period firearms without this paperwork.


Travel and Parking

This year's 1940s Weekend is going to be bigger and better than ever before! Therefore, we expect travel to the Museum to be busier than usual. We recommend that you check for travel updates prior to your journey to the Museum. Traffic England offers a live traffic update service and traffic alerts (external link). We will also post relevant updates on our main website and social media channels.

For visitors wishing to use public transport, Tipton is the nearest railway station and is a short walk from the Museum. Dudley bus station is also within walking distance of the Museum. 

If you're travelling to the Museum by car, upon arrival you will be directed to park in either the Museum's main car park or our overflow car park, both located on Tipton Road, Dudley. Please note, there is a charge of £3.50 to park in the main car park. Please purchase a token from the machines in admissions.

Parking at the Museum is likely to be very busy during the weekend.  Details of alternative car parks in Dudley town centre can be found on the Parkopedia website (external link).  We will also be offering a Park and Ride service during the day time on Sat and Sun; details of which can be found below.

Please respect our neighbours and avoid parking in nearby residential areas. 

Park and Ride 

We have put on a free Park and Ride service for the weekend. Please follow the AA road signs to Dudley College Broadway car park; SAT NAV - DY1 4QS. 

The shuttle bus will run every 15 minutes from 9:30am, between Dudley College and the Archives Building (next door to the Museum).  The last pick up from the Archives Building will be 17:45. Dudley College car park will close at 18:00. 

Please note: If you have a ticket for the 1940s evening event on Sat 13 Jul, please remember to move your car to one of the main Museum car parks before 18:00. 




The BCLM UnChained Annual Pass is valid for day visits on both 11 and 12 July as part of 1940s Weekend*.

Pay for one day, visit for 12 months!  Buy your UnChained Pass online





Concessions 65+


Concessions student with TOTUM card/unwaged


Young people (3-15 years)*


Children aged 0-2


Essential Carer or Companion**


Family Tickets

(everyone living at the same address)

Family ticket  (2 adults and up to 3 young people)


Medium Family ticket  (2 adults and up to 2 young people)


Small Family ticket (1 adult  and up to 3 young people)


Car parking


Concessions are available for Seniors(65+) and also for full-time students of any age (please bring your student identification with you) and unwaged (in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, PIP or Employment Support Allowance - please bring evidence of your payment support dated within the last 6 months). Without the appropriate supporting documentation at the ticket desk, full admission price will be charged and no refunds will be issued at a later date.   Any Young Person aged 15 or under must be accompanied by an Adult aged 16 or over.

*Essential Carers: If a disabled visitor requires another person, as their essential carer to support them and enable them to access the museum, then this person is admitted free of charge. Please bring along either their carer's network card or your PIP cover letter as Carer Identification.

Interested in reenacting or exhibiting at this event?

Entries are invited to apply to exhibit or re-enact at our 1940s Weekend & Evening. 

Black Country Living Museum is an ideal venue for this event; entrants will be able to participate in all the facilities of the Museum.

To apply to exhibit or re-enact at the Museum, please download and complete the entry form. Please return your entry form by email or post no later than 6 March 2020.  

Download the 1940s Re-enactor Entry Form


 Terms and conditions of entry 


 Safeguarding children leaflet for contractors and re-enactors 


All entries will be vetted for eligibility, and will be notified of acceptance by email at the earliest possible time. Please note you are not booked in to the event until you have received a confirmation email from the Museum. 

Contact Details

If you require additional information or want to discuss details, please use the contact details below:

Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ

Mel Weatherley 

Head of Programme Development

Tel: 0121 521 5694


Tom Dipple

Programme Developer



/media/events/library/unchained-banner-880x210px.jpgPlease come back and visit this page again. More programme information will appear as we get closer to our 1940s Weekend.

Take a look back at our previous 1940s Weekend on the video below

All details are correct at the time of writing; however the Museum reserves the right to change or cancel items if circumstances arise that are beyond its control. 


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