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Black Country Living Museum 40th Anniversary Calendar Competition

18 August 2017

2018 is a very special year for us here at Black Country Living Museum; it marks 40 years since we opened our doors to you, our visitors. We’ve had a great 40 years welcoming you into the inspiring stories of real people, their streets and homes, work and daily lives. To celebrate, we want to create a 2018...

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The Museum's oldest document

Curator's Blog - Just How Old is the Museum's Oldest Document?

14 August 2017

1670 to be exact .  It forms part of the archive collection of Archibald Kenrick & Sons which can now be accessed on-line.  Although written before the company was established, it is included in the collection because it is a good indicator of what was on the land before the Kenrick factory was built....

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fish and chip fridays

Win fish and chips every Friday!

28 July 2017

Every Friday during our Let’s Get Sporty activities (22 July – 3 Sep), we’ll be choosing a selection of summer photos taken at BCLM that visitors have shared with us on our social media channels (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) to be the winners of our Fish & Chip Friday competition. ...

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Just some of the photos from the Easter project.

Curators Blog: We Get By With A Little Help From Our Volunteers

21 July 2017

When you visit the Museum do you ever wonder what is beneath your feet? Under the Rolfe Street Baths are the museums object stores where we keep a research collection of important things related to Black Country History. But with tens of thousands of objects, we often need some help to look after them all. ...

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photo of filming on bclm street

BCLM hits the Big Screens

20 July 2017

Look out for BCLM when you head to the cinema this week  - Filmed here on our very own streets, The Black Prince film is released in cinemas worldwide tomorrow. Filmed widely across the UK and India, the film carefully captures the tragic, yet fascinating true story and legacy of Maharajah Duleep Singh,...

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sketch of new visitor welcome building

BCLM: Forging Ahead – Visitor Welcome Architects announced

04 July 2017

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Buckinghamshire-based Napier Clarke Architects to design our brand new Visitor Centre.  The Visitor Centre is the central aspect of the new Visitor Welcome that we will create as part of our major development project BCLM: Forging Ahead. It allows us to turn...

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Funding Success

27 June 2017

We’re pleased to announce that we have been successful in our application to become an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) for 2018-2022. We will receive £550,000 for each of the four years of investment, a significant amount of which will support our major development...

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Illustration of Town

BCLM: Forging Ahead wins National Lottery support

15 June 2017

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £9.8million from the National Lottery towards our £21.7m project BCLM: Forging Ahead giving us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save landmark community and commercial buildings from demolition and rebuild them at the Museum. This...

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Children on playground slide

Traditional Playground Opens in Folkes's Park

11 June 2017

We welcomed families to try out some traditional playtime as we unveiled our new playground on Sun 11 Jun. The playground which is located in Folkes's Park features swings (including toddler swings), a slide, a 5-seater rocking horse, and wheelchair accessible roundabout. Thank you to Grimmitt Trust who...

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First Deaf Awareness Day at BCLM

08 May 2017

In the run up to Deaf Awareness Week 2017, today we celebrated our first ever Deaf Awareness Day at the Museum The theme for this years’ week (15 – 21 May 2017) is ‘Celebrations’ – and there was plenty of that as we put on extra activities and entertainment to mark the occasion. There...

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