Oak House Museum – West Bromwich – Photos

Oak House Museum

Oak House Museum

Oak House Museum is a wonderful museum quite near where I live.  I had never even heard of it, never mind visited it, before this week.  What a treat it was!  It’s a 17th century farmer’s house which is classified as a Grade II listed building.

Just look at those long chimneys!  Apparently they were not necessary – just built tall so that the house would dominate everything around it.  It certainly works, because you can’t help noticing them.

The plaque says 1488

The plaque says 1488

The house was probably built well before the 17th century.  I saw a plaque quite high up on the building which says 1488, although the guide assured us that it probably wasn’t correct.

Apparently there used to be a large oak tree in front of the building and it was surrounded by an oak woodland, so it’s likely that that’s how it came by its name.




Inside Oak House Museum

Wonderful chair

Wonderful chair

The interior amazed me – a total delight.  Lots and lots of wood panelling with the most amazingly intricate designs carved into both the panels and the furniture.  The inside the building remains dark – both small windows and dark walls, so my photo isn’t very clear.  However I hope you can see just how much detail had been included on the back of this chair.

Felted table topper

Felted table topper

I have never done any felting although I have seen some wonderful examples of it at shows.  This felted table topper interested me – it had such a lovely homespun feel to it.

You could make a lovely quilted wall hanging using that basic design.

Rug table covering

Rug table covering

Interestingly, most of the tables were covered in what we would assume were floor rugs.  (I hope that they hadn’t been on the floor first!).  Apparently rugs were so expensive that they were displayed on tables to show them off.

Parlour bed

Parlour bed

Oak House Museum beds

Many of the rooms were made up to show what they would have been like in years gone by.  The contrast in the beds was fascinating.

This four poster bed would probably have been used by the owners of the house or their family.  They had a rope base and then three or more mattresses on top.  Doesn’t it look snug and cosy!

Basic bed

Basic bed

Now take a look at the bed in the servants’ rooms.  This bed looks incredibly uncomfortable.  I hope that they had some kind of straw mattress or something to lay over the rope net.  Just think how welcome a quilt would have been.

In addition, this room had shelves of cheeses which were maturing and needed turning over every day.

I really enjoyed my visit to Oak House Museum.  All the rooms had audio or video explaining more about the room and how it was used.  The staff were enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable.  And the museum is free!  Well done Sandwell and Dudley Council.