To celebrate Football: Designing the Beautiful Game, Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s, summer exhibition. There is a programme of free events that all the squad can get involved with.

From talks about Wolves memorabilia, to how goal posts are iconic around the world, a tour of the exhibition to a look at women’s football and how it has developed over the years, there is something for everyone. Whether you are a fan of the sport, a sideline supporter or purely interested in design this is one not to be missed. 

The public summer programme kicks off with an ‘In conversation with Neville Gabie, artist, and Peter Crump, Club Historian’, who will be in discussion about Gabie’s series of photographs in the exhibition ‘Posts’, an ongoing body of work that he has developed over the last 25 years. The series of football photographs, devoid of action are intended as a reflection on the universality of our desire to play, no matter where. Gabie has said of the project, ‘with minimal means these goalposts… encapsulate our dreams and fantasies, and the uniqueness of “place”, in the language which is universally understood.’ Saturday 27 July, 2pm to 3pm.  

At half time Professor Jean Williams, a sport historian and author specialising in women's football history, will be hosting a guided tour through the exhibition with a special focus on the history of women's football. This tour offers a unique opportunity to delve into the rich and inspiring story of women's football through a curated selection of objects on display. Don't miss this chance to celebrate and learn about the empowering journey of women's football. Saturday 24 August, 11am to 12pm.

Professor Jean Williams will be calling the final whistle with a lunchtime talk delving into rich history of the FA England women’s national football team. Based on unprecedented access to FA data, "Legendary Lionesses: The England Women’s Football Team, 1972 to 2022" chronicles the remarkable careers of the 227 women who have donned the England jersey from 1972 to 2022. Saturday 24 August, 1am to 2pm.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Development, Jobs and Skills, Councillor Chris Burden, said: “What a summer of football we have had in the city and this public programme is a great addition. 

“There is plenty for everyone to get involved with and learn about the history of football and how things have developed over time.”

All the events are free and are taking place at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Booking is advised. 

There is also a programme of activities available for families. Making your own football, designing your own t-shirt, badges and dreamcatchers. The whole team is covered. Find out more information on the family friendly pages of the website.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery is open Monday to Saturday (10.30pm to 4.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 4pm). Admission is free. For more information visit Wolverhampton Arts and Culture.