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Heritage Skills Courses

A new programme of short courses for adults with the aim of promoting and sustaining the heritage skills of the Black Country.

Whether you want to find out more, develop a new hobby, learn a new skill or extend your knowledge and expertise, we offer a range of exciting, hands-on learning experiences for adults, making use of the Museum's historic buildings and collections, our industrial landscape and the traditions and culture of the Black Country. 

Dudley’s new Archives and Local History Centre also offer a range of adult courses.

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An Introduction to Calligraphy

13 May

A practical workshop exploring the handwriting of Marion Richardson with Art teacher and...

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Creative Story Writing Workshop at the Locksmith's House

20 May

Come and unlock your creative side with the Black Country Living Museum’s poet-in-residence...

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An Introduction to Stone Masonry

10 June

Learn the basic techniques of carving and shaping stone. This is a practical workshop in which you...

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Glass Painting

10 June

On this course you will learn the basics of traditional glass painting in enamels using tracing,...

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Willow Basket Weaving - Round Basket - Sold Out

18 June

This course has now sold out - please see similar courses on our  programme of Heritage...

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Painting with Acrylics

24 June

Through short demonstrations and individual tuition, you will learn the basics of painting and a...

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Sinamay Hats

01 July

During this one day course you will learn the basic techniques of sculpting, shaping and trimming...

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Beginners’ Bobbin Lace Making Day Course

01 July

During the day you will be taught the basic techniques of traditional bobbin lace making, and will...

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Willow Basket Weaving - Oval Basket

08 July - 09 July

A two-day course where you will be making an oval shopping basket with a handle that you can take...

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An Introductory to Pottery Making

29 July

Using Ruskin Pottery as a source of inspiration, participants will create their very own clay pot...

Glass Engraving

Glass Engraving

09 September

In this one day course, participants will learn the basics of hand engraved glass. This is a...

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The Write Tack: a creative writing workshop

16 September

The 'write' approach and the 'write' equipment: using both the built environment of the Museum and...

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Canal Art for Beginners: Roses - Sold Out

23 September

This course has now sold out - please see similar courses on our  programme of Heritage...

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Canal Art for Beginners: Castles

24 September

Julie Tonkin, one of the UK's leading canal artists  will teach you the traditions of folk...

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Rag Rug Making

07 October

Learn about the traditional craft of rag-rug making. During the workshop Jenni will demonstrate...

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Introduction to Candle Making - Sold Out

21 October

This course has now sold out - please see similar courses on our programme of Heritage Skills...

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Beginners’ Felt Making

04 November

 Learn the basic skills of feltmaking producing a flat sample piece from unspun wool and...

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Glass Fusion

11 November

In this one day course, participants will make glass Christmas tree decorations and unique gifts...

Glass Fusion

Glass Fusion

12 November

In this one day course, participants will make glass Christmas tree decorations and unique gifts...

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Willow Christmas Decorations

18 November

A full day′s experience with basketmaker Rachel Evans of Wheatcroftwillow will see you...

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