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Forging Ahead: Historic Development

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We plan to create a new historic development set in the 1940s-1960s, telling the story of social, cultural, commercial and industrial life in the Black Country during this period. This will allow us to tell the story of the Black Country up to the closure of the Baggeridge Coal Mine in 1968 - which brought about the end of a unique era for the Black Country. 

We’ve identified a few buildings across the region that we want to translocate, recreate or replicate here at the Museum. They could include a pub, shops, a hairdressers and an NHS clinic.

We will also be able to demonstrate industries that led to the worldwide export of Black Country products, such as brick-making and aluminium founding.

Translocated Buildings

Continuing our 38-year history of saving significant buildings at risk of demolition, we have identified buildings to be moved to the Museum 'brick by brick'.

Recreated Buildings

To save heritage of lost buildings, we have identified buildings to recreate using archival material and images.

  • Harris & Pearson Brickworks (Brierley Hill)
  • Elephant & Castle Pub (Wolverhampton)
  • NHS Clinic (Rubery Owen Works, Darlaston)
  • Stanton’s Records (Hall Street, Dudley)

Replicated Buildings

To showcase the significant social and cultural changes in post-war Britain, we will replicate buildings that still exist with no possibility of translocation.

  • Burgin’s Newsagents (Wolverhampton Street, Dudley)
  • Marsh & Baxter’s Pork Butchers (Lye)
  • Laurie Thomas Hairdressers (Tividale Road, Tipton)
  • A West Bromwich Building Society Branch (Cape Hill, Smethwick, 1957)

All of these developments will represent what it was like to live and work in the Black Country in the 1940s-60s, and they’ll preserve this important period of history for generations to come.

“Black Country Living Museum is a world-class attraction that tells the story of the region’s history and provides a real boost to the local economy. This exciting project, backed by £9.8m funding from National Lottery players, will help the museum reflect an important time in the area’s past and preserve its historic buildings for the future.” 

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 

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