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Black Country goes to war

30 August 2014

Black Country goes to war

30 August 2014

Visit the Museum to experience how the Black Country prepared for war in 1914. Our World War One centenary commemorations will culminate in a day of street theatre, storytelling and music based in our historic canal side village.

/media/events/library/140703_230_dsc_0029b.jpgWe will be evoking the atmosphere of the summer of 1914 and exploring how the start of the war affected ordinary people in the Black Country. 

The day will be full of commemorative musical entertainment, with a musical drama - ‘When Poppies bloom again’ based on a Tipton Family and brass bands.

/media/events/library/140703_230_dsc_0245.jpgVisit the WWI enlistment tent and get involved in activities that will allow young and old alike to join in the commemorations.




/media/events/library/140703_230_dsc_0165.jpgMeet our WWI characters based on real local heroes as you explore the family trail, taking you on a journey of discovery around the Museum’s village. Learn about WWI topics such as food shortages, munitions, war babies and mining life.

Visit the Toll House to try on our WWI style munitionette outfit for a #museumselfie




/media/events/library/140617_230_street_history_hr.jpgSee Fizzog Productions for lively street theatre entertainment as they perform historical life stories from the Great War.





/media/events/library/140703_230_dsc_0063.jpgDiscover more about postcards home from the front and have a go at creating your very own vintage style postcard on our hand printing machine.

Share your story – visit our activities room and share your family’s story of WWI. We may be able to help you with some further research and bring your history alive here at the Museum.




/media/events/library/140703_230_cinema.jpgRare 1914-1915 Films showing in our Limelight cinema:

11.30am Premiere of After Dawn filmed by Central Youth Theatre. 20 Minute film WW1 drama.

1pm  ‘The Tramp’ (1915). a classic Chaplin 10 minute film

2pm 'Something in her Eye’ (1915). a rare early appearance of Oliver Hardy (pre Laurel) 10 minute film

3pm 'Caught in Cabaret' (1914) 10 minute film

4pm 'At the Races' (1914) 10 minute film

/media/events/library/140815_230_lockmuseum1.jpgPremiere viewing of World War One drama 'After Dawn'

Filmed and performed by Central Youth Theatre, with scenes filmed at The Locksmith's House, Willenhall.

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Central Youth Theatre, have performed and filmed a WW1 drama which includes scenes filmed at The Locksmith's House, Willenhall. The premiere of this 20 minute film can be seen at BCLM's Limelight Cinema on Sat 30 Aug at 11.30am.


/media/events/library/bc-goes-to-war-progcover.jpgDownload the WW1 Programme for the day






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