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Monster summer fun lined up at museum.

Byline: Report by Megan Archer

Historic Black Country heroes will be brought to life this summer. The Black Country Living Museum is hosting a summer holiday packed with old school fun, from vintage games to street theatre.

And those heading to the Tipton Road attraction may also find themselves coming face-toface with famous figures from the region's past from politicians to maverick movie directors.

Visitors can listen to the rallying call of the suffragette politician Emma Sproson AKA "Red Emma"; try their hand as a B-movie extra in Black Country director James Whale's iconic Frankenstein film; or take part in the post-Wimbledon victory parade for Dudley-born tennis superstar Dorothy Round.

James Whale shot to fame in the 1930s for directing horror classics Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and The Bride of Frankenstein. But his early days growing up in a working class family in Dudley were a world away from the bright lights of Los Angeles.

Emma Sproson Lloyd was a leading member of the suffragette movement. Born in 1867 at Pikehelve Street, West Bromwich she later became involved in politics in Wolverhampton.

Red Emma ended up being thrown in prison for being part of a demonstration in London, which saw more than 700 suffragettes try and force entry to the Houses of Parliament.

The museum is also hosting its third year of the highly popular "summer lates" until 8pm every Friday in August. A spokesman for the museum said: "From the roaring 20s to the swinging 60s, this year each evening is themed around a different decade with themed music, theatre and plenty of 'loffs' to boot."

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Publication:Express and Star (Wolverhampton, England)
Date:Jul 11, 2019
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