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Historically, the Black Country played a vital role in the nation’s industrial history. This was the world’s first industrial landscape and one of the most intensely industrialised regions of the UK.

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Did you know that we have over 80,000 items in our collection? We’re now looking for items to represent the 1940s-60s.

Forging ahead

We’re creating a major new historic 1940s-1960s development, new learning spaces and a brand new visitor centre, taking our story up to the closure of the Baggeridge Coal Mine in 1968 which brought about the end of a unique era for the Black Country.

The Museum’s entire collections are 'Designated' by Arts Council England, recognising their quality and national significance

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“Don’t Pay!” The 1913 Wolverhampton Rent Strike

In 1913 Wolverhampton residents had had enough of poor housing conditions and high rents set by profiteering landlords. With help from reformers they formed the “Tenants Defence League” and went on strike. Resarcher Simon Briercliffe explores this fraught story.

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Epidemic – Diseases that struck the Black Country

From cholera to diphtheria, epidemics are a tragic feature throughout Black Country history. In our latest blog researcher Nadia Awal explores how these deadly diseases affected local towns, and how health innovations & vaccines helped us to overcome them.

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