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1940s Weekend

14 July - 15 July 2018

Themed Daytime Events

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

14 July - 15 July 2018

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

For an entire weekend, the Museum will be transformed as vintage vehicles, 40s civilians, army personnel, iconic warplanes and the sound of air raid sirens fill the streets and skies!

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 on Sat 14 & Sun 15 July.  

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With your identity card in hand, you’ll be able to step through military checkpoints and back in time as you explore an electric wartime atmosphere of entertainment, food and fashion. Stroll through vintage memorabilia markets, meet 40s characters and even prepare yourself with an evacuee lesson in St James’ school.

Make sure you keep your eyes to the sky for the iconic Dakota, which is due to flyover throughout the weekend. 

There will also be a  host of vintage entertainment including live music, wartime variety shows, austerity-busting ‘make do and mend’ workshops, fashion shows, street performers and more. Experience air raid scenarios and, in true 1940s style, a chance to listen to some of Churchill’s stirring speeches performed live by a re-enactor.

Please note; In respect, we welcome all visitors to take part and dress 1940s, however please respect that this is a homefront event - Allied Forces only.  

Find out about our 1940s Evening - Sat 14 July

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The spirit of the 40s will live on into the night as a separate evening event takes place on Saturday 14 July. The Evening Event is pre-purchased tickets only - find out more and book tickets at 1940s Evening

Please note: if you are planning to visit us for the whole weekend,  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. 

Important Information

Please note: 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. 

Usual opening hours & admission prices apply for the daytime event. BCLM UnChained Annual passes are valid for the daytime visits however, it is not valid for the evening event which is pre-book only.

Please respect our neighbours and local residents by only parking on Museum car parks. A park and ride service is available from nearby Dudley College on the Broadway.

Please note; we welcome all visitors to take part and dress 1940s, however please respect that this is a homefront event - Allied Forces only. 

Britain's Got Talent Finalists: The D-Day Darlings

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Britain's Got Talent grand finalists the D-Day Darlings will be bringing their sensational sound to the 1940s Weekend this summer, appearing at both daytime and evening events for the first time. There's a limited number of tickets still available for our evening event, book now to avoid disappointment!

What to see: Amos' Anderson shelter

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of sirens, only to have to run down the garden to spend the night in one of these. Visit 1940s Weekend and you won't have to imagine - you'll get chills stepping inside Amos' Anderson shelter!

The Anderson shelter were issued almost immediately after the outbreak of WW2. They were designed to sleep six people – but at just 6ft (1.8m) high, 4.5ft (1.4m) wide and 6.5ft (2m) long they were an extremely tight squeeze. They would have been free to all households earning less than £250 annually and a charge of £7 for those with higher incomes. Families would dig a 4ft deep hole into the ground and cover with at least 15 inches of earth. They were effective against virtually everything but a direct hit – but as you can imagine, they were quite cold. Many families made the best of it and kitted them out to be as comfortable and as homely as possible.

If you visit us over 1940s Weekend (15-16 July), thanks to Amos Burke of the ‘Spirit of the Homefront’ re-enactment group, you will be able to step inside an authentic Anderson shelter for yourself!

They don’t make ‘em like this anymore (literally!) and so Amos had quite a job on his hands finding one (even travelling as far as Essex from the Black Country!) This one is made up from two separate shelters which he searched high and low for after being unable to find companies which would manufacture them especially.

“I’ve done a lot of research to try and make it is a historically accurate as possible, but also as comfortable as possible” says Amos. “I built some small bunk beds in there (even though the shelter has a capacity for six). We have original radios, 1940s photos of my family and even a parlour heater from a gentlemen who remembers it being in his own shelter! His Mum would put orange peel to stop the smell of paraffin.”

Amos and his wife will be by (or near) their shelter throughout 1940s Weekend so why not pop by to say ‘hello’? He’s got a few stories to tell and even dresses as an ARP warden to bring them to life. As a dedicated re-enactor, he actually spends the night in the shelter too! It’s ‘quite comfortable’, he says.


 

Did you know?

Our own Cast Iron House was issued an Anderson Shelter. Their owner at the time was told they were ‘bomb proof’ – of course we know now that the reality was precisely opposite!

 


 

How to get the 40s look

 

Just for 40s Fun!

We are commemorating War Time Britain for our 1940s weekend on Sat 14 & Sun 15 July. 

If you would like to know more about the 1940s and take part in the fun at home, we have the basics covered for you below; including what did they wear and how to make do & mend, rationing & recipes and women at war.

Join in at home and find out what it was like to live in wartime Britain.


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Join in and have a go at dressing up 1940s. Find a few ideas of the type of clothes that were worn  here


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Facts about War time rationing  here


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Learn how to cook some of these great rationing  recipes.

 


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Find out about planning your wardrobe with clothing rations and knitting comforts  here

 

 

 

 

 


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Women at War

The women played a vital part in WW2 at war and on the home front. Find out more  here

 

 

 

 


 

Please 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

The BCLM UnChained Annual Pass is valid for day visits on both 14 and 15 July as part of 1940s Weekend*. Pay for one day, visit for 12 months!  Buy your UnChained Pass online

*BCLM UnChained Annual passes are valid for the daytime visits however, it is not valid for the evening event which is pre-book only.

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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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