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Items from the 1960s required

As we embark on our major development project BCLM: Forging Ahead, we’re particularly looking to collect items up to the 1960s. We’re particularly interested in items which:

  • Have a strong connection with the Black Country
  • Are underrepresented in other local museums
  • Fill a gap in our existing collections

How to offer an item for our collections

Since we opened in 1978, we have collected over 80,000 items, ranging from the 1850s to the 1940s.

As we embark on our major development project BCLM: Forging Ahead, we’re now looking to collect items up to the 1960s. We’re particularly interested in items which:

  • Have a strong connection with the Black Country
  • Are underrepresented in other local museums
  • Fill a gap in our existing collections

If you think you have an item dating from the 1940s-60s that might be suitable to our new development, first of all, please read the collecting guidelines and, if you feel it meets the criteria, get in touch to arrange an appointment with us – details below.

To arrange an appointment please telephone Collections on 0121 557 9643 or email [email protected].

Please contact Collections before bringing or sending an object to the Museum. We are currently prioritising objects that fall into the 1940s-60s to help us with BCLM: Forging Ahead:

  • Email: [email protected] 
  • Post: Collections, Black Country Living Museum, Tipton, Dudley DY1 4SQ
  • Please include in your letter or email a description and photo of the object(s), a brief history and current location of the object.

Once we have received all of the object information, a member of the team will contact you to let you know once we have your reviewed your object.

If we would like to view your object, an appointment will be made for you to bring the object to the Museum. Please note that agreement to view an object does not mean formal acceptance of an object into the collection as final confirmation can only be made following an assessment of the object in person.

Please note that any items that have not been approved via email or letter cannot be viewed.

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