Community Advisory Panel

Connecting with our communities

Connecting with our communities is firmly at the heart of what we do. Our Community Advisory Panel members share an invaluable insight from lived experiences and act as our eyes and eyes championing our work. They offer independent feedback and are honest about what they think, and challenge and critique what we do.

They bring something very different to the table, helping us to value diverse opinions, ideas and scrutiny. They are critical friends who challenge us to bring about change to fulfil our commitment to be more than just a museum.

Join our Community Advisory Panel

Help us reach our potential in delivering an enjoyable visitor experience and to improve access for all our visitors.

  • Are you passionate about the Black Country?
  • Do you enjoy learning about your local history?
  • Would you like to get involved in developing community engagement projects?
  • Would you like to support us in creating opportunities for neurodivergent, D/deaf and hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted visitors, as well as those from culturally diverse backgrounds?
As a Community Adviser, we would like you to:
  • Help us to improve our accessibility and visitor experience.
  • Provide us with external expertise and opportunities to link into new networks.
  • Provide independent feedback and ideas from a unique community perspective.
  • Assist in building relationships that support community empowerment and inclusion.
  • Act as an ambassador for us.
  • Challenge us to bring about change that will fulfil our aim of ‘mainstreaming diversity’.
As a Community Adviser, you will be able to:
  • Meet like-minded people to share ideas and network.
  • Learn more about the Black Country heritage.
  • Help us to rise to the challenge of reflecting diversity in the Black Country and beyond.
  • Contribute and influence the direction of a high profile heritage site.
  • Attend future projects and events.
  • Receive regular newsletters about Black Country Living Museum. 
  • Be involved with planning and developing new and innovative projects, sharing the story of the Black Country.
What to expect?
  • We will meet once every six weeks at Black Country Living Museum.
  • You will be expected to attend at least 8 out of the 12 meetings (approx. 2 hours) per year, refreshments provided.
  • All panel member will be invited to attend an informal introductory meeting for a ‘get to know you’ session.
Who are we looking for?
  • Everyone is welcome.
  • Someone who has an interest in community engagement activities for neurodivergent, D/deaf and hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted people, as well as those from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • You will have a collective vision to work together and support Black Country Living Museum.
How to join
  • In person: Register your interest with the Admissions team in our Visitor Centre
  • By post: Black Country Living Museum, Discovery Way, Dudley, DY1 4AL
  • By phone: Glenis Williams, Community Engagement Manager: 0121 521 5697
  • Email: [email protected]