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Forging Ahead

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    BCLM: Forging Ahead

    We need your help to raise £150,000 towards our Forging Ahead development.

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    Gas Showroom

    We are looking for memories of the Gas Showroom in West Bromwich between 1940s-60s.

BCLM: Forging Ahead is phase one of our 40 year master plan to create a world class heritage attraction in the heart of the Black Country. This exciting £21.7m project will use real things, real people and real stories to engage and inspire visitors, of all ages, to learn about the Black Country’s heritage, its impact on the world and its relevance today.

Through the creation of a new major historic 1940s-1960s development, new learning spaces and improved visitor facilities, we will tell the story of the Black Country up to the closure of the Baggeridge Coal Mine in 1968 which brought about the end of a unique era for the Black Country.

Over the coming months, we need your help to build up a picture of post-war Black Country life and to complete the funding we require. Check our website regularly or follow our hashtag #myblackcountrystory to keep up to date with our public call-outs for memories and objects and to see how we’re getting on with our £500,000 fundraising campaign.

If you or anyone you know has any memories relating to our call-outs please get in touch via 0121 557 9643, or fill out our online form. Or, if you would like to help us reach our fundraising target, make a donation.


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Our plans

Our vision to create a world class heritage attraction in the heart of the Black Country.

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The story so far

With extraordinary Designated collections, the Museum is a unique, 26-acre real life setting .

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Get involved

Over the coming months we will continue to work closely with local communities to build a picture of post-war Black Country.

How to get involved

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Latest news

Keep up to date with our latest BCLM: Forging Ahead developments.

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Watch our announcement video below to hear more about our plans



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