The Black Country Meets the Bard: BCLM Launches Poetry…

As part of our celebrations for Shakespeare’s First Folio visiting Black Country Living Museum in May, we’re inviting you to submit your own Black Country inspired poem for a chance to win a family ticket to BCLM! 🎟️ The first part of our competition launches for local primary schools, secondary schools and colleges, with our public competition launching on the 23rd April.

The Details:

• All poems should be based on the theme of ‘Love of the Black Country and Home’.

• Primary schools are invited to submit a poem of any style.

• In celebration of the Shakespearean Sonnet, secondary schools, colleges and public entries are invited to submit a sonnet.

How to submit your entries

1. Each entry must have the following information: the final draft of the author’s poem along with the author’s name, school and year group (or their own email address and contact details for the public competition).

2. Email all entries from your class or school to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Shakespeare Poetry Competition’. For the public competition which launches on 23rd April, please submit entries to [email protected]

3. Entries should be submitted by 11:59pm on Tuesday 31st May 2022.

Terms and conditions

1. The competition is open to primary, secondary and college pupils as well as UK resident general public, excluding employees of the Black Country Living Museum.

3. The school competition (primary, secondary and college) is open between 17:00 on 08/04/22 to 11:59pm on 31/05/2022. The public competition is open between 10:00 on 23/04/2022 to 11:59pm on 31/05/2022. This is the ‘promotional period’.

4. To be entered into the competition, you will need to submit your poems via email to [email protected] (primary, secondary and college) or via email to [email protected] (public).


5. A total of 1 winner per category will be selected from all valid entries.

6. The prize will consist of: 1 Large General Admission Family ticket (2 x adults and up to 3 x young people) per winning entry for the author (primary, secondary, college and public). Primary, secondary and college entries will also receive a BCLM goodie bag for their school’s library.


7. 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.