Experience the sights and sounds of 1940s Britain

See our Canalside village transformed with a host of historic costumed characters, vintage vehicles, and decoration as we explore this pivotal period of British history.

Discover how the people of the Black Country came together against difficult odds to support the war effort and meet famous characters including Winston Churchill and George Formby. Enjoy live music with our starring act the D-Day Darlings who make a welcome return to the Museum once again too.

You’ll learn about the fearless contributions of ARP wardens, the resourcefulness of those at home, and the vital contribution of the home guard. Plus, snap up some vintage ephemera, from 1940s dresses and suits to homeware at the Museum’s memorabilia markets.

Plus a special “Back Home” evening event on the Saturday starting at 7pm.

At this special evening event, join us for a night of live music and entertainment. Headline act the D-Day Darlings will be making a welcome return for this year, as well as the vibrant swing sounds of the Kalamazoo Dance Band who will be bringing you an exciting mix of vintage classics throughout the evening.


Dress code:

As always, we love to see our visitors in their 40s finest so please do dig out your trilbys and pin up your victory rolls! This year, we are looking to mark the home aspect of the Black Country, therefore we would like to encourage those who wish to come in historic costume to dress in civilian clothing. If you would like to wear military uniform, please respect that this event is Allied Forces only. Also we ask that visitors please do not bring weapons or replica weapons of any description.

Booking information:

Visitors wishing to attend both daytime and evening events on Sat 9 Jul must have a pre-booked ticket for each event.

Details are subject to change