Easter at Birmingham’s Heritage Sites
7th April 2014
On Saturday 12 April 2014, Birmingham Museum’s heritage sites will reopen once more, giving visitors of all ages the chance to explore and discover more about the region’s incredible cultural history. There are new exhibitions and activities for everyone to enjoy across all of the venues, which include Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Sarehole Mill and Soho House
Throughout the Easter holidays (12 - 27 April), there will be a host of family events and activities. From egg hunts and bonnet making, to sword-fighting and circus skills, there is plenty to entertain and inspire the whole family.
Aston Hall offers visitors the chance to roam one of the city’s finest Jacobean buildings, and discover its rich history since it was built in 1635. And on Sunday 13 April, visitors can celebrate ‘Glorious Aston’ with circus skills, magic shows and sword fighting displays.
Blakesley Hall is one of the region’s oldest surviving timber-framed buildings, over 400 years old and set in beautiful gardens. There will be arts activity on offer at the Yardley Arts Festival on 12/ & 13 April with a range of drama, music, art and dance. Plus, visitors can take part in ‘Great Outdoor Adventures’ on Tuesday 15 & 22, Thursday 17 & 24 April with garden graffiti activities and the chance to make a bug hotel. In addition, to commemorate the start of the First World War, Blakesley Hall open a new exhibition ‘Tom, Frank and May’ that introduces visitors to Thomas Merry and his wife Elizabeth who lived in Blakesley Hall from 1901 - 1932. Like many families, the couple’s children (Tom, Frank and May) all played a part in the struggle of the First World War, but each in very different ways. Through video, photographs, medals and letters from the family’s archive, visitors to Blakesley Hall can discover the true effect of the war on one family.
At Sarehole Mill, the historic milling machinery is back in action, producing flour for the signature ‘Sarehole bread’ also baked on site (milling and baking will take place on selected Sundays). And on Saturday 26 April, young visitors can steer model boats on the millpond.
Visitors to Soho House can explore the elegant Georgian home of industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton, and find out how his Soho Manufactory became an icon of the Industrial Revolution. And on Saturday 12, Sunday 13, Friday 18, Sunday 20, Monday 21 and Friday 25 April, visitors can take part in Easter craft activities.
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