Sandwell Men and the Death Railway.

In commemoration of VJ Day. The recent appearance in the mainstream media of a story about David Lean’s 1957 movie, the bridge on the River Kwai, should have reminded us that Saturday is VJ, or Victory over Japan, day (August 15, 1945, in Japan, and because of time zone differences, August 14, 1945 in Britain). …

Museums From Home

Going back to March 2020 we were just getting ready to open our doors for the spring season. We had deep cleaned, painted, re-displayed, organised and planned our coming year, when everyone’s world was turned upside down and lockdown began. Check out our online Easter bonnet parade – click the link below! https://flic.kr/s/aHsmMrfo92 Before I …

King of Showmen – Pat Collins and the Black Country

“Storm clouds gathered over the Irish sea, a small boat tossed on the restless waves; and among the passengers, one man looked back towards Ireland, and the home he had left to escape political unrest.  The storm overtook the boat, and off the coast of England it was wrecked.  Only two men survived.  One of …

We couldn’t do it without you

Hello everyone and welcome to another Museums Musings blog! Last week was National Volunteering Week and Sandwell Museums has been thanking its wonderful volunteers and Friend’s groups from all our sites. Often behind the scenes, it is important that we take a little look into what our friends and volunteers do for us, and of …

Seaven cowes and heifers – Oak House farm in the 1600s

Today when you come across the Oak House for the first time it can be quite a shock. It can seem a bit like an alien space ship has landed in amongst the more modern 1900s terrace and 1930s semi-detached urban housing. To see a large, old timber framed building sitting where it does in …

Not to reason why . . .

Sandwell and the Charge of the Light Brigade. We first posted this blog around international nursing day (12th May). It is more pertinent than most years for most of us given what nurses (and the rest of the NHS) are currently battling with. May 12th was chosen as it was Florence Nightingale’s birthday, and if …

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