Deaf-Friendly tour - VE Day Celebration

Deaf-Friendly tour - VE Day Celebration

09 May 2020 Our specialist deaf-friendly tours are designed to welcome visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing.

As part of Deaf Awareness week we are celebrating Victory in Europe, in the traditional style of communal singing. Come and join in a participation experience of sign to sing, laughter and fun with our qualified British Sign Language interpreter.

On 8 May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany’s surrender the day before. During the following days a feeling of euphoria and celebration captured the hearts of local people and the need to celebrate on the streets of Britain.

Join our Deaf Friendly tours facilitated by a qualified British Sign Language interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing visitors. The BSL interpreter works alongside one of our friendly costumed demonstrators who will support the tour by spoken interpretation. Specialist tours take place once a month on a Saturday from 2pm -3.30pm. Each tour begins with an introductory welcome to the Museum in the main visitor reception at 2pm.

To book your place follow the link below:

Group bookings - please contact us via email

Do you have an UnChained Pass? You can use your UnChained Pass to visit any of the tours (not including special events such as Santa Hunts).

Pay for one day, visit for 12 months. (T&C apply see website for details).

Don’t forget, you can arrive early and explore the Museum then visit Hobbs and Sons our award-winning fish and chips shop, all cooked in beef dripping for an authentic taste of the past. or enjoy other tasty Black Country meals in the Worker’s Institute.

Other Deaf Friendly tours include:

· VE Day Celebration on Sat 9 May at 2:00pm

· Pickles and Preserves on Saturday 18 July

· Hard Hat tour on Saturday 12 September

· Sugar, Plums and Sherbet on Saturday 14 November

· BSL Santa Hunts on Saturday 12 December

Booking is essential - please contact us on 0121 520 8054 (lines open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) or email to reserve a place.
09 May 2020 at 2:00pm
until 09 May 2020 at 3:30pm
Tipton Rd

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