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Forging Ahead

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    BCLM: Forging Ahead

    We need your help to raise £100,000 towards our Forging Ahead development.

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    Burgin's Newsagent

    Do you remember Burgin's Newsagent, Wolverhampton Str, Dudley in the 1950s-1960s?

  • Langer's Army and Navy Stores

    Langer's Army and Navy Stores

    Did you shop at Langer's Army & Navy Stores, Stourbridge, in the 1960s?

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    Spring Hill Post Office

    Did you pop into Spring Hill Post Office in the mid 1960s?

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We’re creating a major new historic 1940s-1960s development, new learning spaces and a brand new visitor centre, taking our story up to the closure of the Baggeridge Coal Mine in 1968 which brought about the end of a unique era for the Black Country.

/media/pages/library/donate-large.pngThis exciting project, BCLM: Forging Ahead 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.

Explore more about the project, including how you can get involved, using the links below.

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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.

Find out more

Watch our announcement videos below to hear more about our plans


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