BCLM: Forging Ahead

Taking our story into the 1940s-1960s

BCLM: Forging Ahead is nearly complete. The Museum’s story now spans from the 1700s to the 1960s – over three hundred years of history for you to explore! 

You can now hear stories previously unexplored by the Museum, including the foundation of the NHS, the prosperity of the post-war era and the opportunity it gave with new technologies and the arrival of new communities, and the exciting changes in social attitudes, fashion and music.

We have used real things, real people and real stories to engage and inspire you during your visit, to learn about the Black Country’s heritage, its impact on the world and its relevance today.

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get involved

We are looking for your help to complete the Museum’s story. Whether it be through volunteering, donating an object or sharing your stories.

We are looking for memories between 1940s-60s for the following buildings:

  • Spring Hill Post Office, Wolverhampton
  • Langer’s Army & Navy Stores, Stourbridge
  • Halesowen and Hasbury Co-op, Halesowen
  • Woodside Library, Dudley

These buildings have so many stories to tell, so if you or anyone you know remembers them during this period, please get in touch via 0121 557 9643 or email us: [email protected].

We’d love to hear from you if you have an item that you think might be perfect for our collections. We’re very grateful for all the offers we receive, as you are helping us preserve and celebrate the Black Country. Find out what we can and cannot accept below.

Every item offered is considered carefully by our Collections team in relation to our collecting policy and existing collections. We will contact you to either accept or decline your offer, but please don’t bring anything into the Museum or send it by post without arranging with us first.

Find out more about donating an object to the Museum.

We are proud to be an independent educational charity. However, this means that we have to raise nearly all of our funding requirements through admission fees, our shops and cafes, and generous donations from our visitors and supporters.

To allow us to continue to preserve Black Country history and bring it to life for generations to come, we need your support. Find out more about how to donate to the Museum.

Do you have a passion for the Black Country? We’re looking for friendly folk to join our team. 

We offer training, ongoing support and the opportunity to experience time in one of the premier museums in the country.

View our current and new opportunities.

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Group photograph in front of the Lea Road Infant Welfare Centre replica.
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BCLM: Forging Ahead

Our new development has been made possible thanks to our visitors, donors, Members and Patrons, and supporters including National Lottery Heritage Fund, Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Arts Council England, and West Midlands Combined Authority.