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Historic Gas Showroom’s move to Museum begins

24 October 2017

 Work is about to begin on the take down of West Bromwich’s historic Gas Showroom, key elements of which will be moved to the Museum where it will be recreated as part of our £21.7m major development project to depict Black Country life in the 1940s-60s.

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Foul Foods half term at Black Country Museum

Discover Foul Foods the Victorians Ate at Black Country Living Museum

11 September 2017

Lead in lemon sherbets? Bricks in bread? The things Victorians did to their food was truly foul!

From the badly-behaved baker to the questionable quack doctor, meet a few mischievous characters this half term on your quest to separate the gruesome from the delicious at Museum’s ‘Foul Foods’ (21 Oct – 29 Oct, 10am – 5pm).

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Halloween BCLM

A Spooktacular Halloween Awaits...

23 August 2017

Wed 25 – Sat 28 Oct, 6.30pm – 10pm

Proudly sponsored by Banks’s

Book before 14 Sep and save 10%

Prepare to be spooked at some of the best Halloween nights in town! Trick or treat along the Black Country Living Museum’s gas lit cobbled streets and experience thrilling street entertainment from circus performers, fire-jugglers, magicians, a ‘spookified’ mine and more!

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Black Country Living Museum to Host European Open-air Museums Conference

22 August 2017

Black Country Living Museum will be hosting the 28th Association of European Open-air Museums Conference in partnership with Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust between Mon 21 – Fri 25 Aug.

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BCLM: Forging Ahead artist's impression

BCLM: Forging Ahead wins National Lottery support

15 June 2017

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save landmark community and commercial buildings from demolition and rebuild them at the Black Country Living Museum has been awarded £9.8m from the National Lottery.

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1940s Weekend 2017 Black Country

Spend the Weekend in Wartime Britain at Black Country Living Museum

08 June 2017

Expect a nostalgic journey back to the sights and sounds of wartime Britain as Black Country Living Museum hosts its largest ever ‘1940s Weekend’ on 15 & 16 July. For an entire weekend, the Museum will be transformed as vintage vehicles, 40s civilians, army personnel, and the sound of air raid sirens fill the streets!

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Let's Get Sporty!

Get Sporty Black Country Style This Summer Holiday

06 June 2017

Discover how the Black Country kept fit over the summer at Black Country Living Museum as we race, jump and skip our way through some traditional sports! From 22 July – 3 September visitors will be able to ‘get sporty’ 19th and 20th century style. Join in with a number of outdoor games guaranteed to get the heart racing with costumed demonstrators on hand to help you hop and skip your way to some old-fashioned fun!

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Festival of BC Vehicles 2017

15th Annual Festival of Black Country Vehicles Celebrates Manufacturing Heritage

24 May 2017

Sun 18th June

Black Country Living Museum will be celebrating the region’s historic reputation as a car manufacturing giant at its 15th annual Festival of Black Country Vehicles. A magnificent display of Black Country manufactured vehicles will be on show including world famous brands such as Bean,  Clyno, Westfield, Sunbeam, Diamond, Guy and AJS.

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9 millionth visitor

Black Country Living Museum has welcomed its 9 millionth visitor in its 39th year

04 May 2017

Grandparents Jane and Simon DeVillanueva, daughter Emma Ensell and Granddaughter Grace Ensell got a big surprise on Thu 4 May – they were the 9 millionth visitor to Black Country Living Museum! The lucky family were greeted by costumed characters and were given an exclusive ride in vintage cars from the Museum’s collection. They received free membership to the Museum, fish and chips, drinks in the Bottle & Glass Inn and voucher for the Museum’s gift shop.

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Children in Industry Half Term BCLM

Jump Straight into the Thick of it This Half Term

26 April 2017

Visit Black Country Living Museum this half term and you’ll be stepping into the well-worn shoes of the children that once lived, worked and played in the region. Explore period shops, houses and industrial areas and get hands-on with crafts, activities, games and period dress-up as you go back in time and discover what it was like to live at the height of the Industrial Revolution over a century ago.

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