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WW1 at Black Country Living Museum

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Commemorating 1914 – 1918, World War One

For the next four years, Black Country Living Museum will be commemorating will be World War One 1914-18 with a host of activities, research and collections.

Here are just a few of our World War One collections and archives

Oldbury and Round About Oldbury and Round About

Oldbury and round about: in the Worcestershire corner of the Black Country by F. W. Hackwood, 1915.

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A History of Tipton, Staffordshire A History of Tipton, Staffordshire

A History of Tipton, Staffordshire by J. Parkes, 1915.

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Archibald Kenrick & Sons Catalogue Archibald Kenrick & Sons Catalogue

Catalogue page illustrating some of the door knobs once manufactured by Archibald Kenrick & Sons of West Bromwich, 1914.

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Hand grenade ashtray Hand grenade ashtray

An ashtray made from a World War One hand grenade casting.

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Souvenir programme Dudley Prisoners of War fundraising Souvenir programme Dudley Prisoners of War fundraising

Souvenir programme of a  market sale to raise £5,000 for Dudley Prisoners of War the market was opened October 8th 1918 by H.R.H.the Duke of Connaught, K.G. The programme contains lists of supporters who had stalls and advertisements from local businesses including Palethorps and W.Goodyear &...

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Set of Registration Cards 1915 Set of Registration Cards 1915

A set of registration cards belonging to the Massey family, the cards detail occupations of each family member, their address in Dudley and states they have 'been registered under the National Registration Act, 1915'.

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Ration Book 1918, Wolverhampton

National ration book issued in Wolverhampton, dated 22/10/1918. The book still contains some lard coupons.

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Letter from George V to soldier 1918 Letter from George V to soldier 1918

Copy of a letter sent from George V to a soldier returning home. The letter thanks the soldier for service and welcomes him home 'The Queen joins me in welcoming you on your release from the miseries and hardships which you have endures with so much patience and courage'

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Ration Book 1918, Kingswinford Ration Book 1918, Kingswinford

A set of ration books, they belonged to the Price family, in Kingswinford. They were registered to T. White Butcher, Kingswinford and George Foster, 40 Market Place, Dudley for their rations of butter, margerine, lard, tea and sugar. This book still contains some jam ration stamps.

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Painting of the Zeppelin raid 1916 Painting of the Zeppelin raid 1916

Artists impression of the Zeppelin raid over Tipton. On the night of 31 January to 1 February 1, 1916, Tipton, Bradley, Wednesbury and Walsall were bombed by Zeppelins in one of the heaviest air raids of the First World War. The intended target for the Zeppelins was Liverpool, but because of cloud and fog, the pilot...

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Disabled Soldiers Handbook Disabled Soldiers Handbook

A pamphlet that contains advice from the Ministry of Pensions to disabled soldiers.

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Scheduled occupation certificate ,1917

Given to S Ash, Bearwood, their occupation is listed as tool maker, die cutter.

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