an award-winning open-air museum

Welcome to bclm

Join in with 300 Years of History

See history brought to life and discover the story of the Black Country at our open-air living museum. Meet our historic characters who’ll show you what it was like to live and work in one of the first industrialised landscapes in Britain as you explore 26 acres of reconstructed shops, pubs and houses.

There’s plenty for all the family to see and do here. From watching live demonstrations, taking part in old fashioned street games, to visiting our vintage cinema and enjoying our traditional fish and chips, there’s something for everyone at Black Country Living Museum. 

Our latest events

9 July 2022 10:30

Growing your own fruit and vegetables has become a popular pastime in recent years, but during the hardships of the 1940s, it was a necessity. For the men, women and children back at home, life...

9 July 2022 14:00

Growing your own fruit and vegetables has become a popular pastime in recent years, but during the hardships of the 1940s, it was a necessity. For the men, women and children back at home, life...

9 July 2022 19:00

Experience the sights and sounds of 1940s Britain as Black Country Living Museum whisks you back in time this July. See our Canalside village transformed with a host of historic costumed...

26 July 2022 12:30

This course explores computer aided design and computer aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) Come and join our Maker’s Club and learn some new skills. This club is designed for those aged 10-15, excited...

27 July 2022 11:00

Join us this July and discover how we are bringing our brand new Historic Town to life as we take a closer look at some of the objects we have collected so far by our Collections Team. Followed by...

27 July 2022 12:30

This course explores the working lives of children.  Come and join our holiday club and dig deeper into your heritage. Take part in a range of themed activities exploring the past, including...

28 July 2022 10:00

A family workshop where you can create your own leather keyrings to take home. Learn all the basic techniques of working with leather including cutting, marking and decorating to your own...

28 July 2022 13:30

A family workshop where you can create your own leather keyrings to take home. Learn all the basic techniques of working with leather including cutting, marking and decorating to your own...

2 August 2022 12:30

This course explores Enamelling Come and join our Maker’s Club and learn some new skills. This club is designed for those aged 10-15, excited about making things, solving problems and keen to...

3 August 2022 12:30

This course explores school and education. Come and join our holiday club and dig deeper into your heritage. Take part in a range of themed activities exploring the past, including undertaking...

4 August 2022 10:00

A perfect opportunity to work together as a family using an exciting and very old technique - feltmaking. Explore colours, texture and design through the use of textiles. Discover the history of...

4 August 2022 13:30

A perfect opportunity to work together as a family using an exciting and very old technique - feltmaking. Explore colours, texture and design through the use of textiles. Discover the history of...

6 August 2022 10:30

From the birth of the industrial revolution to the Dudley bug to Palethorpe’s sausages, the Black Country is famous for so many things. The history of the Black Country has a rich geological...

6 August 2022 14:00

From the birth of the industrial revolution to the Dudley bug to Palethorpe’s sausages, the Black Country is famous for so many things. The history of the Black Country has a rich geological...

9 August 2022 12:30

This course explores Metal Forming Come and join our Maker’s Club and learn some new skills. This club is designed for those aged 10-15, excited about making things, solving problems and keen...

10 August 2022 12:30

This course explores The Changing Lives Of Children – Childhood post WWI to tie in with Forging Ahead so the birth of the teenager etc. Come and join our holiday club and dig deeper into your...

11 August 2022 10:00

Join us to learn about print making and have a go at producing your very own printing plate. Bring along a printed image of your own or choose from a selection of images our tutor will supply....

11 August 2022 13:30

Join us to learn about print making and have a go at producing your very own printing plate. Bring along a printed image of your own or choose from a selection of images our tutor will supply....

16 August 2022 12:30

This course explores Rag Rugging Come and join our Maker’s Club and learn some new skills. This club is designed for those aged 10-15, excited about making things, solving problems and keen to...

17 August 2022 12:30

This course explores The History of Toys and Games. Come and join our holiday club and dig deeper into your heritage. Take part in a range of themed activities exploring the past, including...

19 August 2022 10:00

Come and take part together in a fun and creative workshop. Our experienced ceramic artist Jon Williams, will guide you through a variety of pottery techniques using real clay. Make your own...

19 August 2022 13:30

Come and take part together in a fun and creative workshop. Our experienced ceramic artist Jon Williams, will guide you through a variety of pottery techniques using real clay. Make your own...

23 August 2022 12:30

This course explores Canal Art Come and join our Maker’s Club and learn some new skills. This club is designed for those aged 10-15, excited about making things, solving problems and keen to...

24 August 2022 12:30

This course explores Games Through Time – Particularly board games but not excluding cards, marbles etc. Come and join our holiday club and dig deeper into your heritage. Take part in a range...

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Our living museum wouldn’t exist without our generous donors and members.

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Learning at BCLM

We help bring the curriculum to life with memorable learning experiences.

Find out more about our unique educational packages tailored to each key stage.

Online gift shop

Choose from a range of Black Country-inspired gifts as a treat for yourself, friends, and family.

learn how steam power, human ingenuity and an increasingly interconnected world transformed this region into a manufacturing powerhouse

Black Country Living Museum