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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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Curators Blog: It’s ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ this summer

23 July 2015

You may not realise it but our Cinema here at the Black Country Living Museum still plays films, cartoons and short comedies using 16mm film and projector just as it would have...

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I LOVE MUSEUMS

10 June 2015

Today is the launch of I Love Museums , a new campaign led by the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) to demonstrate the depth of support for UK museums by...

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Did you know?

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There were once over forty mine shafts dotted around the Museum site.

Did you know?

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The museum has 12 working street gas lights, from the early 1900s style up to the 1930s.

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