Welcome to the official blog for the Women Chainmakers' Festival. This festival takes place at the Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, on Saturday 12th September 2009. The festival commemorates the 1910 dispute in which 800 women chainmaker's were "locked out" of work for demanding the employers paid them the agreed minimum wage for their labours. The women won the dispute - and established their right to a minimum wage which set the scene for 89 years of campaigning before the establishment of a national minimum wage in 1999.
Announcements will be posted to keep you up to date with the events taking place at the festival including speakers and entertainment.