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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 Museum's oldest document

Curator's Blog - Just How Old is the Museum's Oldest Document?

14 August 2017

1670 to be exact .  It forms part of the archive collection of Archibald Kenrick & Sons which can now be accessed on-line.  Although written before the company...

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Just some of the photos from the Easter project.

Curators Blog: We Get By With A Little Help From Our Volunteers

21 July 2017

When you visit the Museum do you ever wonder what is beneath your feet? Under the Rolfe Street Baths are the museums object stores where we keep a research collection of...

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Did you know?

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Before the introduction of electric street lighting, many streets were lit by gas.

Did you know?

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A boiled onion wrapped in muslin and held over the ear was a home remedy thought to relieve earache.

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