Forging ahead

The Elephant we’ll never forget – Can you help?

Black Country Living Museum is calling out for donations of furnishings and objects to set dress the recreation of a once-treasured pub – The Elephant & Castle. As part of our brand-new Forging Ahead development, we are recreating The Elephant & Castle pub, which will be set in the 1960s. Built in 1905, the Elephant…

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…

Toys and memories from the past – Black Country…

As part of Black Country Living Museum’s brand new Forging Ahead development, the Museum is recreating Spring Hill Post Office, which originally stood on the Penn Road in Wolverhampton. The shop will form a part of the Museum’s new 1940s-60s high street. Post Offices were a fixture of every high street in the Black Country…

Seeking memories of Marsh & Baxter Pork Butchers

Black Country Living Museum is recreating Brierley Hill’s Marsh & Baxter pork butchers’ shop in their brand new 1940s-60s high street. On Saturday 11th September 2021, as part of Brierley Hill’s Heritage Open Day celebrations organised by the Brierley Hill Community Forum, Black Country Living Museum will have a stall inside Brierley Hill Marketplace. Their…

Forging Ahead: New Book by Simon Briercliffe

Forging Ahead: New Book Celebrating the Post-War Years of Prosperity in the Black Country In the wake of World War Two, a unique social, economic, and industrial climate led to decades of prosperity in the Black Country, the likes of which the region had not seen before. A new book published by History West Midlands,…

BCLM Makes History by Forging Ahead

Black Country Living Museum is delighted to announce that major works on its major capital development BCLM: Forging Ahead – the largest project in its history – will begin this month. The project represents a £30m investment in the local community, made possible with support from funders including the Department of Culture Media and Sport’s…

Did you shop at Langer’s Army and Navy Stores,…

05 February 2020 Black Country Living Museum is looking for memories from the 1960s of Langer’s Army and Navy Stores, Stourbridge as part of its ambitious new development project BCLM: Forging Ahead. The shop will be recreated and set in 1963 as part of the new 1940s to 1960s town providing the opportunity for visitors…