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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.

The old and new toys hanging out together.

Curator's Blog: The Trouble with Toys

16 March 2017

In the shops and houses at the Museum we have many things on display. For Jessica, our Assistant Curator, some of her favourites are the toys we have in the village. But toys...

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Curators' Blog

31 January 2017

Hi I’m Helen,  I am the Curator of Domestic and Cultural life here at  Black Country Living Museum. You may have wondered why  we were closed for two weeks...

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Did you know?

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The museum has 12 working street gas lights, from the early 1900s style up to the 1930s.

Did you know?

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The region got it’s name when it was described as ‘Black by day and red by night’ by Elihu Burritt, the American Consul to Birmingham in 1862.

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