Monday, 15 August 2011
Cradley Heath Workers' Institute, 1912
On June 10th 1912, the Countess of Dudley opened the Workers' Institute in Cradley Heath, West Midlands. Consisting of a large main hall, including a stage and a balcony for additional spectators, as well as offices, the Institute served as a centre for the workers of the area and their trade unions for many years, and became known to locals simply as 'the stute'.
Threatened with demolition in 2004 to make way for a bypass road, the building was moved to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, West Midlands, and rebuilt to look as it would have done nearly 100 years ago, and telling the story of the important Female labour disputes of the Edwardian era, including womens chain maker's strikes of 1910
Here you can find a BBC News article from 2006 announcing the rebuilding of the 1912 Cradley Heath Workers' Institute http://www.bbc.co.uk/blackcountry/content/articles/2006/01/19/cradley_heath_workers_institute_feature.shtml
Posted by Richard Hannay at 18:52