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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.

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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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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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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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By 1846, steam engine design had developed so fast that the engine fitted to the SS Great Britain was capable of 1000 horsepower.

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