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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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Curators' Blog: A Welcome Gift- Archibald Kenrick & Sons

09 September 2016

Our Curators' have been putting together a new exhibition in our Rolfe street entrance building. We have been fortunate to be gifted a large collection of Kenrick material...

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Rare Glass by Chance

16 June 2016

We have recently been offered a rare opportunity to pick pieces of glass from a private collection which, we were pleased to find, included items of Chance made glass.  ...

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Re-interpreting our Vehicle Collection

The Story Behind Our Cars: Re-interpreting our Vehicle Collection

03 June 2016

Our Bradburn & Wedge Motor Company Garage highlights and displays our automotive collection. We had previously used interpretation panels displayed next to each car to tell...

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Curator's Blog: 43 Years Volunteering

24 September 2015

The Curatorial Team joined George Price at the Olde Swan Inn in Netherton to celebrate his contribution to BCLM over the past 43 years as a member of the Friends.   ...

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Curator's Blog - Rediscovering the Kenrick Archive

02 September 2015

This month, our Collections Team have been working on our Kenrick Archives. Archibald Kenrick & Sons were a Black Country company who began trading as iron founders in...

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Curators Blog: It’s ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ this summer

23 July 2015

You may not realise it but our Cinema here at the Black Country Living Museum still plays films, cartoons and short comedies using 16mm film and projector just as it would have...

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I LOVE MUSEUMS

10 June 2015

Today is the launch of I Love Museums , a new campaign led by the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) to demonstrate the depth of support for UK museums by...

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Award-Winning £62k Restoration Brings Rare Boat Back to Life

10 April 2015

Birchills, an extremely rare Joey, or ‘day boat’, has been repaired and re-docked at BCLM following an appeal which raised £62,000 worth of charitable...

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