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.

The raiders return to Mercia: From shoes to a child's skate, exhibits show lives of the Vikings in Shropshre

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery’s new exhibition reveals day-to-day life and the complex concepts surrounding afterlife beliefs in a county which suffered multiple Viking raids.

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An Industrial Revolution genius: This Abraham Darby pot is the western world's oldest coke iron casting

An ancient cooking pot in the collection of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust looks like being the oldest known coke iron casting in the western world, explains Dr Richard Williams.

a photo of a group of matchboxes with a composite image of the rolling stones on them.

Leave the Capital! The best exhibitions to see in the Midlands in 2016

The best exhibitions to see in Birmingham and the West Midlands, Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and the East Midlands throughout 2016.

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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......

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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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