West Midlands

Plan your day out in the West Midlands! Find hundreds of places to visit - museums, art galleries, historic attractions, castles and stately homes in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, the West Midlands and Worcestershire.

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Excavations in Stratford-upon-Avon reveal Shakespeare the country-town gentleman's kitchen

Beer brewing, pickling and salting took place in William Shakespeare’s kitchen, say archaeologists creating the most accurate version yet of the huge Stratford-upon-Avon house he bought more than 400 years ago.

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Pot of the Week: The Bell Ringer's Jug of St Giles Church, Newcastle-under-Lyme

There's a strong sense of social history in our Pot of the Week - a bell ringer's jug, which in 1825 helped local bell ringers drink 150 litres of beer at the Mayor’s expense.

A photo of an old large black square camera which could have been used in the great escape

Curator's Choice: The camera which is "95%" certain to have been part of the Great Escape

Dave Humphrey, the curator of the centenary room at RAF Cosford's Defence School of Photography, on the story of what could well be the Great Escape camera.

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Graduate potter Hannah Tounsend wins British Ceramics Biennial FRESH 2015 award

Hannah Tounsend has won the FRESH 2015 award at the British Ceramics Biennial for her series of printed vessels inspired by the weatherworn surfaces of the British coastline.

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Rebuilt VC10 goes on public display at RAF Museum Cosford

Following an eight-month dismantling process and a four-month rebuild, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford has put its VC10 on public display.

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Curator's Choice: Dr Matt Thompson on Landscape with Machines at Britain's Original Industrial Powerhouse in Shropshire

Dr Matt Thompson, Senior Curator at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, on a Thomas Hornor work and more from new exhibition Landscape with Machines.

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Sam Bakewell wins British Ceramics Biennial AWARD with "pseudo shaman's hut" full of mysterious objects

Sam Bakewell wins the British Ceramics Biennial Award for his beguiling ceramic installation Imagination Dead Imagine.

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The best art exhibitions to see in the Midlands in 2015

We travel across the heart of England, from the East Midlands to the West Midlands, seeking the region's best art exhibitions between now and Christmas.

Cartoonish sculpture of a set of tools embedded in a wooden frame

Sculpture with a light touch: British work 1977-1986 in MAKING IT at the Mead Gallery

The touring show from Arts Council Collection reaches the West Midlands and features the forerunners of the YBA movement. Mark Sheerin takes a look.

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