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Historically, the Black Country played a vital role in the nation’s industrial history. This was the world’s first industrial landscape and one of the most intensely industrialised regions of the UK.

The Museum preserves a section of the Black Country’s industrial landscape, including two mine shafts, limekilns and a canal arm. The Museum has relocated buildings into our canalside village, which have been drawn from across the many small towns of the region.

Each house, shop and workshop has been filled with collections, from sad irons to nails, that would have been seen in situ from the 1800s to 1940s.

In total, there are approximately 80,000 items in the collections for you to discover.

Collections News.

St George and Dragon

Hunting St George and His Dragon

26 April 2019

Having just celebrated St George’s Day, what should be added to our collection but a very shiny golden casting of the man himself! The design is about 20cm and shows St...

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Bilston Love Token 1811

BLOG: A token of love

15 February 2018

In 1845, just like today, jewellery was an expensive way to show your affection for somebody. Perhaps particularly so in the mid-19 th century, where even costume jewellery...

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Birmingham based Mamod's Traction Engine model TE1a won ‘Boys toy of the year’ award in 1972.

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

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