Join the Forging Ahead Black Country Brick Hunt!

Black Country Living Museum is currently building a replica brickworks as part of its Forging Ahead development, loosely based on the works at the Cricket Field Colliery, Brockmoor. To support this historic infrastructure, the Museum is seeking stories and memories from those who worked in the brickmaking industry in the 20th century and are particularly interested in hearing from women who worked in brickmaking at this time.

More than 200 locations in the Black Country have at some point been associated with formulating bricks of all kinds. BCLM’s Forging Ahead Doctoral Researcher, Elizabeth Thomson, states that: “due to easy access to clay, coal, and raw materials, the Black Country became the perfect destination for England’s brickmaking capital, with the transportation of bricks being made possible via canals and railways. Brickmakers revolutionised the industry by employing women, who were hired to carry clay and mould it into bricks, some of which are still standing today. The legacy of 20th century brickmakers can still be seen throughout buildings and structures all over the country, as well as within local street names such as – ‘Brickklin’, ‘Brickfields’ and ‘Brickyard’.”

Elizabeth’s supervisor, Dr Malcolm Dick (associate Professor at the University of Birmingham), who specialises in West Midlands History, said: “Bricks were made to satisfy every need and enabled building construction, decorative facades, and street paving to expand and become a historic component in Black Country industry. As a result, Black Country bricks were sold throughout the UK and were widely exported to all continents, establishing Black Country brickmaking as not only a vital cog in the community, but also the world.”

Due to technological innovation and the decreased prevalence of coalmining, the Black Country’s famous brickmaking industry has been neglected and forgotten – until now! The BCLM: Forging Ahead project aims to change that with your support. 

Join in BCLM’s Black Country Brick Competition

In celebration of brickmaking, the Museum is hosting a competition, asking you to take part in a Black Country Brick Hunt to be in with a chance of winning a trip to the Museum! Black Country bricks have been transported for use all over the world, with their distinctive stamps making them easy to identify. As part of BCLM’s Forging Ahead development, the Museum is asking for photo submissions from individuals who may spot Black Country bricks on their travels and to share photos of them on social media using the hashtag #blackcountrybrickhunt. The most interesting entry – whether this be the photo, location, or the brick itself – will win a family ticket to BCLM!

*Please be aware that the Museum is not accepting physical bricks and is only requesting imagery. Any physical bricks will be refused. *  


The Museum is also keen to hear from those who worked in the brickmaking industry during the 20th century and may have objects or memories to share. The team are particularly interested in hearing from women who worked in the industry, any stories from their working life, battles encountered, and accomplishments achieved.  

  • Did you or someone you know work in the brick making industry during the 20th century? 
  • Can you share any memories from your working life: what you did, and what it was like? 

If so, please do get in touch with their Forging Ahead team at [email protected] or call 0121 557 9643. 

Competition Terms and conditions

1. The competition is open to UK and ROI residents aged 16 years and over only, excluding employees of Black Country Living Museum.

2. The competition will take place on Facebook and Instagram. By using the hashtag #blackcountrybrickhunt and sending us your photo you are entering the competition and are agreeing to these terms and conditions. Entrants can enter the competition once only. We will not count multiple hashtags or messages.

3. The competition is open between 17:00 on 31/03/22 to 12:00 noon on 31/05/22. This is the ‘promotional period’.

4. To be entered into the competition, you will need to have sent us an image of a Black Country Brick and the hashtag #blackcountrybrickhunt either on Facebook or Instagram within the promotional period.

5. A total of 1 winner will be selected at random from all valid entries at 12:00 noon on 31/05/22.

6. The prize will consist of: 1 Large General Admission Family ticket to BCLM (2 x adults and up to 3 x young people).

7. Winners will be notified via private message on the platform through which they entered within 2 days of the end of the promotional period and will then have 48 hours to reply to the Black Country Living Museum’s message with acceptance of the Prize. If a winner does not respond within this time, we will select another winner from all valid entries received during the promotional period.

8. The prizes are non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for any cash alternatives in whole or in part. Prize tickets are only valid for 1 general admission museum entry and no changes are permitted under any circumstance. In the event for any reason the prize winner does not take an element of the prize at the time stipulated by the Black Country Living Museum, then that element of the prize will be forfeited by the winner and neither cash nor any other form of compensation will be supplied in lieu of that element of the prize.

9. If for any reason any aspect of this competition is not capable of running as planned, Black Country Living Museum may cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition, or invalidate any affected entries at its sole discretion.

10. The Black Country Living Museum and its associated agencies and companies will not be liable for any loss (including, without limitation, indirect, special or consequential loss or loss of profits), expense or damage which is suffered or sustained (whether or not arising from any person’s negligence) in connection with this promotion or accepting or using the prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law (including personal injury or death caused by our negligence or fraud) in which case that liability is limited to the minimum allowable by law.

11. No bulk, machine generated, consumer group or third-party entries will be accepted. Entries will only be allowed in accordance with these terms and conditions. Any attempted interference with the running of this promotion will result in a void entry.

12. If a winning entry or entrant is deemed not to comply with these Terms and Conditions, the entry or entrant will be discarded, and the prize will be allocated to a reserve entrant.