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MU Attending The Women Chainmakers’ Festival ‘22

The annual Women Chainmakers’ Festival is a family friendly event in Cradley Heath on 2 July, bringing alive memories of the past whilst inspiring visions for the future.

Published: 01 June 2022 | 4:36 PM
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There is much to celebrate and commemorate about the women Chainmakers’ of Cradley Heath. Image credit: The Women Chainmakers' Festival.

About the festival

Featuring national entertainers and speakers - including a ‘Mary Macarthur’ in period costume delivering one of Mary’s rousing speeches - and a procession of modern unions and ‘strikers’ dressed as Edwardian chainmakers’, the festival ensures that this historic episode is celebrated by the local community and trade unionists from all over the country. The event will include street theatre, re-enactments, live metalworking, political stalls and speeches, music, children’s activities and entertainment.

There is much to celebrate and commemorate about the women Chainmakers’ of Cradley Heath and, sadly, their example and circumstances remains relevant to many working in Britain today. The Chainmakers’ Festival brings the Black Country community together with the Trade Union movement. Through examining our history we can deliver a better future for women and our wider society.

The MU will have a stall located in the Mary Macarthur Gardens throughout the day and Regional Officer Ben Benson will be available to talk to musicians about the many benefits of MU membership.

Event details

Address: Mary McArthur Gardens, Whitehall Road, Cradley Heath, B64 5BG

Date: Saturday 2 July 2022

Time: 11: 00 am - 5:30 pm

Please note that there will be step free access for visitors and that this event is free to attend with no prior booking required.

In addition this event will not be recorded but will be live streamed. For more information please email


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