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Our plans

BCLM: Forging Ahead  will see the creation of a new historic development focusing on the 1940s-60s, the construction of a new Visitor Centre and car park, and the creation of a new Learning Centre.

Upon completion, we hope to welcome 500,000 visitors a year (currently 300,000) and create 60 new jobs and 35 apprenticeships. 

Find out more about our plans :

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Historic Development

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. 

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Visitor Welcome

We plan to create a new Visitor Welcome including a new Visitor Centre and car park.

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We plan to create a new contemporary Learning Centre and complementary Industrial Learning Space 

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Watch our announcement video below to hear more about our plans


 "Black Country Living Museum is one of the UK’s most popular open-air museums bringing knowledge of the country’s industrial past to a national and international audience. It also has a reputation for working brilliantly with local communities.

These latest plans reflect an ongoing commitment to sharing the stories of those who lived in the area and who made it what it is today. Our funding, which is made possible thanks to National Lottery players, will help update the wider site making it a visitor attraction truly fit for the 21st century." 

Ros Kerslake, CEO of the Heritage Lottery Fund


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