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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.
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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Mummies, monsters and mayhem abound in this week’s blog! It may surprise you to learn that there are numerous links between classic science fiction and Black Country history! BCLM Researcher Nadia Awal explores six of these fascinating connections, featuring Black Country talent from James Whale to Jane Webb.
In this week’s blog, BCLM Researcher Simon Briercliffe uncovers the hidden stories of 5 Black lives in the history of the Black Country, going as far back as the 1700s, and discusses the challenges historians face in finding out more about Black lives in the past. From eighteenth-century entrepreneur George Africanus to George Cosens, Britain’s first Black pastor who became minister in Cradley Heath in 1837, Simon uncovers the contributions these incredible individuals made to Black Country history.
In this week’s blog we’re taking a relaxing break and looking at leisure time in the past for Black Country Folk. Researcher Clare Weston explores the types of holidays experienced in the past.
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.