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Collections at Black Country Living Museum


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.

The Museum preserves a section of the Black Country’s industrial landscape, including two mine shafts, limekilns and a canal arm. The Museum has relocated buildings into our canalside village, which have been drawn from across the many small towns of the region.

Each house, shop and workshop has been filled with collections, from sad irons to nails, that would have been seen in situ from the 1800s to 1940s.

In total, there are approximately 80,000 items in the collections for you to discover.

Collections News.

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Curator's Blog: 43 Years Volunteering

24 September 2015

The Curatorial Team joined George Price at the Olde Swan Inn in Netherton to celebrate his contribution to BCLM over the past 43 years as a member of the Friends.   ...

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Curator's Blog - Rediscovering the Kenrick Archive

02 September 2015

This month, our Collections Team have been working on our Kenrick Archives. Archibald Kenrick & Sons were a Black Country company who began trading as iron founders in...

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In the Black Country a chamber pot is also called a ‘Guzz’under’ because it ‘goes under the bed’!

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When the museum was first built, only the canal, limekilns and mine shafts were here - along with a disused sewage works.

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