Opening for Easter at Birmingham Community Museums

By on 01/04/2010 in Culture, News

Blakesley Hall, Aston Hall, Sarehole Mill and Soho House all re-open in time for the Easter holidays. 

At Blakesley Hall, one of the few remaining timber framed buildings left in Birmingham, visitors can see Tudor musician Richard York performing on Easter Monday. There will also be bunny trails and carrot capers throughout the Easter weekend and there will be craft activities each day of the school holiday.  Visitors can also enjoy the fascinating 'Up Close' macro-photographic exhibition of the Blakesley Hall gardens by local artist and photographer Sarah Johnstone.  Admission free, 2 April - 31 October

There are Easter trails through the garden of Matthew Boulton's former home Soho House throughout the holiday.  There are also plenty of free drop in family craft activities  and visitors of all ages will be able to make a mini woolly sheep out of clothes pegs (Thursday 8 April), a plant pot marker (Friday 9 April) paper baskets (Thursday 15 April) and Sun-catchers (Friday 16 April). 

Meanwhile, at Sarehole Mill, the childhood haunt of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, you can meet Mick the Miller on 4 April, join an Easter egg hunt or take part in family craft sessions.  There is an exhibition of contemporary watercolours of Sarehole Mill by artist Heike Vajen.  There is the 'Taylor Estate Sale' exhibition which includes images of old farms in the Hall Green and Billesley area and detailed information on the various lots sold in the 1913 auction sale in which much of the Taylor estate around Billesley, Moseley and Hall Green – including Sarehole Mill – was sold off.

Visitors to the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter will be able to make an Easter egg in the style of Russian goldsmith Carl Faberge on 7 April.  On 13 April there will also be the chance to work alongside artist Gill Page in creating a fun Easter charm using vintage fabrics and to make an articulated Easter bunny.  There will also be an Easter Egg hunt around the museum everyday between 3rd – 17th April. Visitors can also enjoy the Buttons & BLING! exhibition that explores and celebrates the rich heritage of the Jewellery Quarter and neighbouring Newtown.

There will also be an Easter Egg Trail every day of the school holiday at Aston Hall as well as children's activities every Wednesday.  

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said:
“Birmingham has some of the finest museums in the country and they are a great source of inspiration for visitors.   The programme of events and activities throughout the Easter holiday will delight local families and the good news is that most of them are free!’

Opening times of the Community Museums is 12noon- 4pm.  Tuesday - Sunday. For more information about everything happening at Birmingham City Council's museums including Museum and Art Gallery visit www.bmag.org.uk
or call 0121 303 2834 or individual museum.

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Media Contact: Jason Lewis: jason_lewis@birmingham.gov.uk 0121 303 4266.

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