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Half Term - Beyond the Petticoat

photo of woman suffragette and child

Usual opening hours and admission prices apply for this event.

The BCLM UnChained Annual Pass is valid for this event.

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17 February - 25 February 2018

Go beyond the petticoat this half term and meet the ladies who helped shape history.

This Half Term we will be marking the 100th anniversary of women getting their first voting rights with hands-on activities and powerful characters who will bring women’s history to life. 

Take on our Half Term activity trail and explore 26 acres of shops, houses and industrial areas from the past 300 years. From nurses to lady chain makers, you’ll discover the grafters and unsung heroes of everyday life in the Black Country and see for yourself just how much life has changed. 

Head down to our historic canalside village and you’ll find charismatic characters from the past. Hear about how the women of Cradley Heath fought for a fair wage, a landmark event that changed the lives of thousands of women. Or perhaps you’ll run into ‘Red Emma of Wolverhampton’, a passionate champion of women’s rights and a key player in the suffrage movement. 

Kids of all ages can also get their hands dirty and have a go at brickmaking, a trade which employed thousands of women of the Black Country throughout the 19th century. You’ll discover how women were the driving force behind the Black Country’s worldwide reputation for brickmaking.  


Enjoy the delights of traditional family fun and playtime in the last century, banish boredom with traditional street games including hopscotch and skipping. Take up the challenge to see how long you can keep the hoop rolling in the hoop and stick game and test your skill with a cup and ball and the whip and top.

Not forgetting our usuals - you can also enjoy a trip 'Into the Thick', experiencing life in a 1850s coal mine, attend a Victorian school lesson and try our famous traditionally cooked.

Don’t forget that all full priced day tickets are valid for an UnChained Annual Pass, giving you 12 months’ unlimited daytime visits for free!



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