A reflection on the end of the war.

I thought, as we remember and commemorate Victory in Europe Day on May 8th, to look at what was actually happening in the last days of the war in Europe, and what ordinary people, especially those at home, knew about what was going on. During April more and more German troops began to surrender, as …

The spirit of the wild wood and the Green Man.

From Ancient Folklore to Modern Ecological Symbol Two millennia old or older, the Green Man is the vibrant spirit of the wild wood, of vegetation in leaf or bud, of spring, pool and river, earth and sky, indeed the totality of nature. His voice is the hiss of the high wind in ash and oak. …

Senory Seekers and Senory Avoiders

Autism in Museum: Accessibility for All As April is National Autism Month and the 2nd April was world Autism Day, we thought this would be a great time to inform all our visitors and users about some of the amazing things we are trying to achieve for when we are officially open to the public …

For Art’s Sake

Perhaps this blog should actually be called ‘for people’s sake’ as what has become clear over the years we have been running our community art groups is that it is as much about the social interaction, experiences, developing skills, building confidence and meeting new people as it is about painting. Catherine, our art group leader …

Being a Museum Apprentice

A bit of a different blog today as Alex our museums business administration apprentice reflects on what she has been doing, learning and what skills she’s been developing while working at Sandwell Museums. Alex is the first admin apprentice we have had – in fact she is the first specifically administration person we’ve had at …

Keeping the Flag Flying!

Following on from the successful “All The Fun Of The Fair” Arts Trail last year, Sandwell Museum and Arts Service have recently been working on a big exhibition that we were going to launch in April of this year.  We had formed partners with the National Circus and Fairground Archive and Pat Collin’s Funfairs, who …

Shutt Up! – Quarantine and preventing plague in the 1600s.

Firstly if you are alive today (which you are as you are reading this blog) it is possible that you have some resistance to the plague as your ancestors were those that survived it when it decimated the population in the past. As such none of the measures mentioned below are necessary and Sandwell Museums …

Did the idea for the 'Dissolution of the Monasteries' start in Sandwell Valley?

Hilary Mantel’s new novel, The Mirror and the Light, her third about Thomas Cromwell, is about to be published, all 970 pages of it, and I’ve got my copy ordered (you may have seen the recent TV adaptation- Wolf Hall) Thomas Cromwell, for those of you who don’t know or need reminding, was Henry VIII’s …

Museum Muses: Celebrating the fabulous, inspirational, creative, bright, well rounded, feisty, intelligent, determined women of Sandwell Museums for International Women’s Day

I was at a meeting once with our senior manager and a load of other people from other departments and someone mentioned needing some more feisty women – ‘Come to the museums’ said our boss ‘ there are plenty of them!’ I’ve written plenty of blogs about what we do, our events, activities, projects and …

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