Lea Road Infant Welfare Centre

Discover maternal care in 1961

Step inside our replica of Lea Road Infant Welfare Centre to discover how new and expectant mothers in the early 1960s were looked after. Explore the main hall, dispensary and doctor’s office as you find out more about the formation of the National Health Service and the impact of migration.

  • Take part in a mothercraft class
  • Find out the treatments and medicines of the time
  • Spot flavours from the past, such as Farley’s Rusks and cod liver oil.
  • Say hello to Cicilyn Miller, our brand new midwife, who travelled to the Black Country from Jamaica as part of the Windrush Generation.
  • Meet our new health visitor, Lynne Davies, who helped expectant and new mothers in early motherhood.

BCLM: Forging Ahead

Our new development has been made possible thanks to our visitors, donors, Members and Patrons, and supporters including Wellcome Trust, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Arts Council England, and West Midlands Combined Authority.