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Black Country Living Museum

Red by Night

16 May 2015

Famously described as ‘black by day, red by night’, the Black Country was once an industrial powerhouse like no other. For one night only the Museum will open its doors for half the usual admission and recreate the industrial might of the region by transforming into a glowing plethora of smoke and fire.

The half price night will include;

  • Street Theatre with audio and light effects
  • Live Industrial Demonstrations
  • Steam Power including our Newcomen Engine and Traction Engine
  • Street Performers including Fire-Breathing
  • Glass Blowing
  • Poetry and Musicians
  • Photography Exhibition 
  • Chemistry Workshop

For the full description of the event see more details below.

Half Price tickets now on sale. Book online now or Call our bookings line on 0121 520 8054.

Check out the video from last year's event 

Join our Red By Night - Half Price Event to witness the past come to life as hard-hitting drama fills the streets and see all of the Museum’s industrial areas in action.

See a full scale replica of the world’s very first successful steam engine, the Newcomen, fire up. Hear the sound of hammers clang as sparks fly and smoke rises as skilled craftsmen and costumed demonstrators recreate one of the hardiest landscapes England has ever known, using centuries-old techniques to forge chains, nails and brass.

The Black Country is also famed for it's production of beautiful hand-blown glass. Kingswinford artist Alistair Malcolm will demonstrate the age-old art of glass blowing.

Street performers will amaze you all night as they light up the sky with fire breathing and street theatre brings Black Country stories to life before your eyes with the local Performing Arts Department from Dudley College who will use audio effects and light projections to portray the scale and intensity of the industrial revolution.

A great line up of renowned local speakers and musicians will perform stories, songs and poetry reflecting the rich cultural history and heritage of this region (see line up in the performers schedule below).

In memory of steam engineer Len Crane, visitors will be able to admire the scale and impressive steam power of one of his many traction engines.

Enjoy a tasty treat from our famous fish & chip shop, grab a drink and enjoy a sing along with our resident pianist in the Bottle & Glass Inn. Whatever you decide, there'll be plenty of tasty traditional food and drink on offer while you soak up the atmosphere and experience the Museum as it is ‘Red by Night’.

Performers Schedule

Location: The Mine Top        

Time Performer
7.00pm Scar Belly Blues Band 
7.30pm La Griff, performance poet
8.00pm The Black Country Smiths 
8.30pm Krissy Griffiths, performance poet
9.00pm Tim Philpott, folk musician
9.30pm Angela Garratt, performance poet
10.00pm Scar Belly Blues Band

 Location: The Workers' Institute

Time Performer


Compere - Ian Henery, performance poet introduces the performers
7.30pm Beth Ford - "the Black Country Charlotte Church"
8.00pm John Langford, poet & musician
8.30pm  Billy Spakemon, poet & musician
9.00pm Albarz, performance poet
9.30pm Maurice Malcolm, poet & musician "Wolverhampton`s Benjamin Zephaniah"
10.00pm Brendan Hawthorne, Wednesbury Poet Laureate with Kerry Halford, So It Goes

*This is an advance booking only evening event. 7.00pm - 10.30pm

Tickets now on sale

Book online or Call our bookings line on 0121 520 8054

Half Priced Admission ticket prices:

Adults: £8.25

Senior: £6.60 

Child (3-16): £4.10

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We hold special events throughout the year during our normal daily opening and occasionally in the evening. We recommend you book your event tickets early to avoid disappointment. Please check individual event listings for details.

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