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Arts & Museums
The 2-story Bantock House is set inside Bantock Park and was built in 1938. This house, today, is home to the exhibit of artifacts belonging to the Bantock family featuring jeweleries, ceramics and furniture.
Wolverhampton's award-winning gallery, just a few minutes walk from the station, is housed in a fine Victorian building which alone is worth seeing. It contains works by Gainsborough, Zoffany and Landseer, as well as later works by Hockney and Warhol, in galleries devoted to art from the Georgian period up to the present day. Thought-provoking exhibitions are staged here and there is an interactive introduction to contemporary art. There's also a tearoom to relax in after what will be an entertaining tour of one of the Midland's finest galleries.
Bilston Craft Gallery is a single largest exclusive craft gallery in Bilston. At this craft gallery, there is an interactive programme of a series of exhbitions that feature some prominent works of jewelry, glass, ceramics, metal, woodwork, textiles and a lot more. A visit to this craft gallery gives you an opportunity to discover craft as it has evolved over the past 300 years. There are some remarkable historic exhibits of various applied arts created in Black Country, like the renowned Bilston enamels. Bilston Craft Gallery hosts several programmes for different age groups, which include creative workshops, seasonal events and handling objects.
Ever been fascinated with locks and keys? The Locksmith's House is perfect for group visits and parties where people gain exclusive access to view an extensive collection of locks and keys! It shows you the efforts of a small family run lock making business, which flourished almost over a century ago. While businesses thrived from the houses of such families, homes also had to be run. This House shows how both activities ran alongside each other and what that beautiful harmony created, and how families survived at a time like that. The House displays actual pieces of the Hodson family, including their belongings and furniture, allowing you a glimpse into their life.
The institute was built in Cradley Hearth as a social center for the Black Country. It was used to provide education and conduct meetings and lectures for the local workers. Workers could also approach the union offices for assistance. Built in 1912, it was shifted form its original place to the Black Country Living Museum in 2006. The institute is an important landmark of British labor history. The union offices and the auditorium, where meetings where conducted are situated on the ground floor. On the top floor is a memorial exhibition dedicated to one of the greatest union leaders- Mary Macarthur. The auditorium today, hosts various cultural events and entertainment activities. The institute is a part of the Black Country Living Museum and the prices mentioned are inclusive of the entire museum and not just the institute.
The Black Country is a large industrial area to the north-west of Birmingham and this museum is a reminder of how things used to be here 100 years ago. It comprises many historic buildings, taken down from elsewhere and re-erected to make an authentic town of a century ago. Highlights include an old-fashioned funfair, a narrowboat ride and a trip down a coal mine, light is deliberately kept to the levels that would have been experienced by the miners so it's unsuitable for young children. All children and adults, however, can take a lesson in an 1840s school and tour round a Victorian sweetshop, chemist's, nail-making shop and stables amongst many other exhibits. This is a genuinely interesting living museum and a tour of at least three hours is recommended.
Wednesbury is situated in the borough of Sandwell, to the north-west of Birmingham city center. Its museum and art gallery has a fine collection of 19th-century art, much of it bequeathed by local industrialists who made their fortunes in this industrial area. Of particular interest is the collection of Ruskin pottery, which was made at nearby Smethwick on the edge of Birmingham. These beautiful and stylish wares were so-named after the late Victorian writer, historian and art critic John Ruskin.
Dudley Museum & Art Gallery boasts of a fine art collection including many noted 19th Century oils, water-colors and prints. It also provides exhibition space for local art groups. The city has produced some fine artists of its own, including Shakespeare; Percy Shakespeare, who has just been the subject of a major retrospective here. Local history is well covered; a history that includes dinosaurs. See website for complete visitation particulars.
Built in 2000 on the designs of architect Caruso St John, this terracotta building is home to a modern art gallery. The exhibitions feature pieces from the gallery's permanent collection which comprises a vast collection of the work of Jacob Epstein along with artworks from contemporary and historic artists including masters like Van Gogh and Monet. The gallery also features temporary exhibitions of artwork produced by groups of artists, contemporary artworks and more historic pieces. A unique feature of The New Art Gallery is the interactive learning space that is specially designed to cater to families and children. Other more recent additions to the gallery include a cafe and a public access art library that only add to the list of characteristics that make this gallery special.
Kingswinford, just to the west of Birmingham, lies within the boundaries of the borough of Dudley - a leading glass making area. This museum is housed in a modern glass-fronted (naturally) building and is devoted to the glassmaker's art. It contains examples from various historical periods and has a strong local emphasis. There is an imaginative programme of temporary exhibitions alongside the museum's permanent displays, including shows of work by leading contemporary glass designers.
Walsall, to the north of Birmingham, remains the capital of Britain's leather industry. Nearly a hundred companies operate here, making everything from wallets to saddles; the local football team is even known as the Saddlers. The Walsall Leather Museum is housed in a Victorian building that was once a leather goods factory, and tells the story of how and why the industry developed here. There is a shop and cafe on site.
The museum is a celebration of classic military and civilian aircraft spanning a 90 year period of aviation history. These are housed in three hangars, fully heated in winter, and among the military aircraft you will find such evocative names as the Spitfire, Mosquito and Liberator. More recent aircraft's include a Buccaneer and a Jaguar as well as V bombers which once carried Britain's nuclear deterrent. The British Airways hangar has examples of passenger planes dating back to the days when travelers flew from Croydon. There are also displays of rockets, missiles and aero engines, sectioned so that working parts are displayed. RAF Cosford lies to the north-west of the city and is easily accessible by rail. See website for complete visitation particulars.