BCLM: Forging Ahead

Taking our story into the 1940s, 50s and 60s

BCLM: Forging Ahead will include new learning spaces and a brand new visitor welcome 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.

This exciting project will use real things, real people and real stories to engage and inspire visitors, of all ages, to learn about the Black Country’s heritage, its impact on the world and its relevance today.

Our plans

Our vision to create a world class heritage attraction in the heart of the Black Country.

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:

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].

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].

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. If you would like to donate to the Museum, please click here.

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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