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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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    Stourbridge Rd Co-op, Halesowen

    Did you or anyone in your family shop here in the late 1940s/early 50s?

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    Woodside Library

    Did you borrow, study or dance there?

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    Make a Donation

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

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Over the next 4 years (2018-2022), 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 £23m 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.

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Watch our announcement video below to hear more about our plans


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