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Awards we have received

Black Country Living Museum is an award winning Museum however it could not be so, without the kind nominations and votes of its visitors.

The Museum would like to thank all those who have nominated and voted for the Museum. Each award received is a fitting tribute to the Museum and its staff. It is a great recognition for our collections and our mission to tell the story of the Black Country – the world’s first industrial landscape, to as wide an audience as possible.



/media/about/library/171101_nhships_winners-021-800x445-custom.jpgWell done to the Friends of President who have won the Marsh Team Volunteer Award presented by the Princess Royal. 

The award recognises their voluntary efforts in restoring, operating and maintaining one of the world's only restored coal fired steam powered narrowboats, President - and its unpowered butty boat Kildare.

Through the volunteers hard work; the sight, sound and smell of the 108 year old nationally recognised steam narrowboat with a butty in tow can still be enjoyed and appreciated on the waterways today.…/friends-of-president-win-m…/899.htm…


/media/about/library/newmansu-best-placement-custom.jpg In May, BCLM were awarded the Work Placement of the Year Award at the Newman University Students' Union annual excellence awards. The other organisations shortlisted for the award were Coventry Transport Museum and Newman Brothers' Coffin Works. 

The Museum offer a work placement opportunity to history undergraduates at Newman every year as part of a work placement module in their second year in which they undertake 100 hours work at a history related organiaation. This year Student Bryannah Collins, developed a cholera trail for KS3/4 students to use at the Museum. Bryannah trialled her trail with a group of her peers from Newman University and we hope to be able to introduce it as part of our permanent offer to schools in the next academic year. 




In September, BCLM were awarded UK's Best Museum Visit in the School Travel Awards 2016/2017 



/media/about/library/young-person-or-apprentice-of-the-year-winner-logo-2016-custom-custom.jpgYoung Person or Apprentice of the Year Award at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards.

Congratulations to Jordan Holloway, BCLM Transport Apprentice, winner of Young Person or Apprentice of the Year Award.   Well deserved and a huge well done .



Best Museum Visit in the School Travel Awards 16/17- Winner.

Teachers and educational trip coordinators cast their votes, recognising the Museum as “offering an outstanding visit, plus pre and post visit assistance and learning links for schools”.



West Midlands Volunteer Group Awards 2016 - Runner up

Our Volunteer 'Knit and Natter' group  were runners up at the Volunteer Awards. The group  play an important role here by meeting up on a monthly basis to knit new shawls, blankets, hats, jumpers and waistcoats that contribute towards the Museum characters  wardrobe.




Museums + Heritage Award for Trading & Enterprise  - Winner

The judges said that BCLM's  ‘Forging a Culture of Enterprise & Self Reliance ’ clearly demonstrated how strive for resilience runs throughout the Museum and its story not just in its trading outlets.


 Best Midlands Visitor Attraction , What’s On Readers’ Awards 2016  - Winner

And  Best Visitor Attraction –  Wolverhampton and Black Country, What’s On Readers’ Awards 2016  - Winner

BCLM  beat stiff competition to win the title of both ‘Best Midlands Visitor Attraction’ as well as ‘Best Visitor Attraction – Wolverhampton and Black Country’. Over 25,000 votes were cast online  as people voted for the best entertainment venues, restaurants and visitor attractions across the region.  


Hemelryk Award,  the Historic Narrow Boat Club - Winner

Narrow boat, Kildare won this year's  Hemelryk award  which recognises distinctive progress in the restoration of a historic narrowboat.



/media/about/library/160226_230_160226_230_limitedbudgetwinner.jpgWW1 Greengrocers project, the best Project on a Limited Budget in the UK, at
the National Museums & Heritage Awards for Excellence.  

Find out more about this project on our news pages 




/media/about/library/160226_230_sa_blue_box_winner_2015.jpgSandford Award  for its onsite educational programmes and activities. Recognising educational excellence, the awards look at both formal and informal learning programmes to assess the impact on all visitors. 

Find out more about this prestigious educational award on  our news pages 



/media/about/library/151123_230_social_enterprise_or_charity_of_the_year_winner_logo_2015.jpgSocial Enterprise or Charity of the Year, Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards. Find out more about this award on  our   news pages 




/media/about/library/151123_230_business_of_the_year_award_-_large_business_winner_logo_2015.jpgLarge Business of the Year, Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards  Find out more about this award on our news pages 




/media/about/library/160226_230_160226_230_160226_230_keayaward.jpgThe Ken Keay Award for wooden narrowboats for the restoration of Birchills. Find out more about this restoration project on  our  news pages  



/media/about/library/160226_230_160226_230_160226_230_news618aa.jpgVolunteer, Alan Hallman from the Friends of Black Country Museum, has won the Gordon Lindsey Award for Long Service at the Dudley Volunteers Awards. Find out more about this project on our news pages 



Finalist in the  Group Travel Awards category of Best Attraction for Groups

Finalist in the ‘Top 20 Family Friendly Museums’ long listed for the prestigious national Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Awards 2015. Run by charity ‘Kids in Museums’, the award is one of the largest in the Museum sector, and is designed for museums that ‘go the extra mile to welcome families and visitors of all ages’. Find out more about this  nomination on  our  news pages 


/media/about/library/160226_230_160226_230_160226_230_gta_2014_runnerup_web.jpgThe Group Travel Awards runner-up in the category Best Museum for Group Visits







/media/about/library/160226_230_160226_230_image_190_v20131001_210527.jpgFinalist in the Best Guided Tour category in Group Leisure Awards 





/media/about/library/designation.jpgMuseum Designation Award 

The Black Country Living Museum has joined the museums’ premier league, it has been awarded Designation by Arts Council England (ACE).

Designation is a mark of distinction; an accolade, celebrating unique collections of national and international importance, and a vital component of England’s cultural identity. ACE goes on to say that, Designated collections are iconic, authentic and of the finest quality; resourced with sophisticated expert management, and set in aspirational and creative organisations.
Andrew Lovett, Director & Chief Executive of the Museum said, “This is an enormous step forward for the Museum, recognising the strength of our entire collection. It is the museum equivalent of AAA rating, and has been achieved with the knowledge, expertise and determination of the Museum’s team.
Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England said: “We are delighted to be awarding this prestigious standard to the Black Country Living Museum. The organisation’s collections offer a fascinating and important insight into the history of the nation, and should be celebrated.”
Hedley Swain, Director, Museums & Renaissance for Arts Council England said, “Designation does not come easily. It is a hugely competitive and exacting independent examination of a collection’s quality and significance, as well as a museum’s commitment to putting learning and people at the centre of its vision. Those museums which attain Designation are to be warmly congratulated, for they can be sure that they endorse the values held by the best museums, and deserve to be widely and enthusiastically supported.”




Receiving the Beacon Award in 2011Beacon Best Award - Winner of Best Daytime Family Attraction of the year

The National Group Travel Awards - Highly commended as the Best Attraction for Group Visits – Long Visit. 

TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence Award Winner


UK Coach Awards - Runner up for Coach Friendly Historic Attraction

More Awards - prior to 2011

Did you know?

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The first Turner-Miesse cars were steam powered. One can be seen at the Museum.



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