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Unlock Black Country Secrets at Locksmith House

Heritage Open Day

08 September 2014

The Locksmith’s House in Willenhall is giving visitors the opportunity to unlock its fascinating history for free on Sat 13 Sep as part of the national Heritage Open Day campaign for English Heritage.

Part of the Black Country Living Museum, it is the only surviving lock-maker’s house and workshop in a town which was once the UK’s lock-making capital. Visitors will be able to take house tours (bookable on the day), see lock making demonstrations, costumed demonstrators and take part in various family activities throughout the day.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the home of the Hodson family of lock makers, who first lived in the house over a century ago. Soak up the atmosphere of the gas lit rooms, hear the clatter of built driven machinery in the workshop and find out more about the trade that made Willenhall famous. The lock display gallery offers an insight into some extraordinary locks from across the ages. There will also be live demonstrations – visitors will be able to see sparks fly as bar padlocks are made or have a go at the popular ‘rag-rugging’. A trail and craft activities will be available for children.

The Locksmith’s House is located in Willhenhall and will be open on Sat 13 Sep from 10am – 4pm. Tours are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

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