Walsall Museum

Walsall Museum
Lichfield Street
Walsall
West Midlands County
WS1 1TR
England

Website

www.walsall.gov.uk/museums

E-mail

museum@walsall.gov.uk

Telephone

01922 653116

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Walsall Museum is a friendly and welcoming museum in the heart of Walsall, sharing a building with the town's Central Library.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tues to Fri 10.00-17.00
Sat 10.00-16.00

Closed: Sun and Mon
Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Free

Collection of social and industrial history from Walsall's past and present, ranging from 17th century firemarks to 21st century posters.

Strong collection of costume and textiles, including the Hodson Shop Collection, a unique collection of unsold shop stock of working-class clothing from the 1920s to 1960s.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Industry, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Sister Dora
  • Jerome K Jerome
  • Hodson Shop
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Poster for Austerity to Prosperity exhibition

Austerity to Prosperity

  • 3 September 2014 — 10 January 2015 *on now

Using artefacts and costume from Walsall Museum's collection the exhibition looks at how hard-working local companies overcame post-war depression to produce some of our most innovative and inspiring products. The new positive outlook was visible in homewares and fashion too, putting wartime's austere Utility scheme to rest. The exhibition forms part of the Black Country Echoes Festival.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Objects decorated with canal art

Life on the Cut

  • 14 January — 11 April 2015

Drawing on Walsall Museum's canal collection, this exhibition looks at life on the canals from the early 19th century to the mid 20th century. It features artefacts relating to the everyday life and work of those who made their home afloat, including examples of the distinctive canal art used to decorate boats and living quarters, as well as material relating to the boat building industry.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Children's craft activity

Make your own Canal Theatre

  • 19 February 2015 10:30am-12:30pm, From 1:30pm

Join artist Lisa Broughton for this fun drop-in session. Taking inspiration from our exhibition Life on the Cut you will create a 3D model theatre to show how canal life would have been.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

75p per child
No need to book, just drop in during the hours stated. Subject to space, there may be a short wait at busy periods.
Parents/carers to remain with children throughout.

Canal art door from Walsall Museum's collection

Canal Plaques (adult craft workshop)

  • 26 February 2015 1-4pm

Paint your own personalised plaques, hanging decorations or coasters inspired by traditional canal boat sign painting and canal boat crafts. You will be working with visual artist Clair Willett of Clairy Floofs Art whose work is inspired by landscape, nature and space.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5.00 (including all materials).
Advance booking and payment is essential.

Industrial landscape with canal boat

"Your Country Calls": A Mainly English History of Canals

  • 3 March 2015 2-3pm

To accompany our exhibition "Life on the Cut" former Museum Curator for British Waterways Tony Conder charts the course of the initial canal revolution of the 1760s and how canals have survived over the succeeding years.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.00
Advance booking essential

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

School visits to Walsall Museum

http://cms.walsall.gov.uk/school_visits_to_walsall_museum.htm

A visit to Walsall Museum is a great way to bring learning to life and to inspire creativity. We offer a range of sessions for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 which support the primary history curriculum, the primary art and design and design and technology curriculums and the International Primary Curriculum. Our sessions mix facilitated and self-led elements to create a rich and engaging learning experience. Further information is available by following the link below.

Creator

  • Jennifer Thomson

How to obtain

Contact Walsall Museum on 01922 653116 or email museum@walsall.gov.uk for further details on school visits and to discuss your requirements.
Further information is available by following the link below.

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