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Black Country Weekend

Black Country Weekend photograph

Usual opening hours and admission prices apply for this event.

The BCLM UnChained Annual Pass is valid for this event.

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08 July - 09 July 2017


Join us as we spend the weekend celebrating the region in the run up to the fourth annual Black Country Day (Fri 14 Jul).


As we fly the Black Country flag, Watch the traditional skills of metal working, see the world's only working Newcomen Engine in steam and head into our canalside village to savour the smells of Black Country cooking demonstrations in our houses.

All weekend, follow our Black Country Weekend Discovery Trail to uncover the proud industrial heritage of the Black Country or simply relax with a local real ale and a bag of our famous traditional fish and chips. Yow cor beat that!...

Or maybe you can...

Celebrate the Black Country all year round - Get your BCLM UnChained Annual Pass



  • Fly the Black Country Flag
  • Famous Black Country
  • The Black Country Anthem
  • Black Country Flag Clothing Range

Fly the Black Country Flag


You can also buy your very own Black Country Flag souvenirs

Flags, Car flags, bunting, mugs, t-shirts, keyrings, pens, badges and more






Famous Black Country

The official Black Country Day is on 14 July, and as part of the festivities we are holding a whole weekend to celebrate all things Black Country and the importance of our heritage.

What is the Black Country? The Black Country was a landscape that had been turned inside out for its vast extraction of it rich resources: coal, ironstone, limestone and fireclay.

By the eighteenth century, the exploitation of coal and other mineral resources was accelerated by the first successful practical application anywhere of steam power and then later in the century by the creation of the densest network of waterways in the country.Together steam power and canals helped create the Black Country and established it as the greatest iron producing district in Britain and one of the greatest in the World.

Elihu Burritt, the American Consul to Birmingham in 1868, marvelled at the extraordinay productivity of the region "The Black Country, black by day and red by night, cannot be matched for vast and varied production"

The Black Country was also a major centre for vehicle manufacturing with cycles, motorcycles, cars, lorries and buses all built in the region. Visitors can see first hand well-known historical names such as AJS, Bean, Star, Sunbeam and Jensen. This names just a few of the automotive marques that put the Black Country manufacturing on the map.

By visiting the Museum, it is possible to begin to feel what it was like to live in the Black Country when the region was at the peak of its industrial power.

Black Country the Home of Industry

For the Black Country Weekend (11 & 12 July), visit the Museum to follow our Home of Metal trail and discover about the industrial heritage of the Black Country and see live demonstrations of metal working.

Click the images below to find out more about the Black Country's industrial heritage.

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To celebrate the Black Country's Transport join us for our Festival of Black Country Vehicles 

The Black Country Anthem



Purchase the Black Country Anthem by local band, The Empty Can from our online shop for just £2


Check out the official Black Country Anthem Music Video




Black Country Flag Clothing Range



Check out our range of clothes in our online shop





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