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Forging Ahead: New Book by Simon Briercliffe

28 June 2021

Forging Ahead: New Book Celebrating the Post-War Years of Prosperity in the Black Country In the wake of World War Two, a unique social, economic, and industrial climate led...

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#HereForCulture and Forging Ahead

BCLM Makes History by Forging Ahead

19 February 2021

Black Country Living Museum is delighted to announce that major works on its major capital development BCLM: Forging Ahead – the largest project in its history –...

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Langer's Army and Navy Stores

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

05 February 2020

Black Country Living Museum is looking for memories from the 1960s of Langer’s Army and Navy Stores, Stourbridge as part of its ambitious new development project BCLM:...

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Spring Hill Post

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

18 December 2019

Black Country Living Museum is looking for memories from the 1960s of the Spring Hill Post Office, Wolverhampton, as part of its ambitious new development project BCLM: Forging...

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dudley weighbridge Office

Do you remember Dudley Weighbridge Office in the 1950s?

12 November 2019

Black Country Living Museum is looking for memories from the 1950s of the Dudley Weighbridge as part of its ambitious new development project BCLM: Forging Ahead. The weighbridge...

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civic restaurant

Did you dine out in Dudley's Civic Restaurant?

06 September 2019

Black Country Living Museum is looking for memories from the 1940s to the 1950s of the Civic Restaurant that once stood on the corner of Fisher Street and Birmingham Street in...

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Did you know the families that lived in the Cast Iron Houses, Dudley?

30 July 2019

We are seeking information about the families that lived in Dudley’s only Cast Iron Houses during the 1950s. As part of our ambitious new development project, BCLM:...

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Major Development Plans are Forging Ahead

29 May 2019

We are delighted to announce   that we have received the final go ahead to begin our transformational £23m development project ‘BCLM: Forging...

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Help us to write our shopping list...

19 November 2018

As part our BCLM: Forging Ahead development plans, we  will be creating a new town centre, telling the story of the Black Country from the 1940s to the 1960s. This will be...

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Beer Mat Challenge

The Beer Mat Challenge - We have a winner!

12 October 2018

The Beer Mat Challenge ran throughout summer 2018 to collect memories of Wolverhampton’s Elephant & Castle pub. The Elephant & Castle was one of Wolverhampton's...

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Woodside library

We need your memories of Woodside Library!

14 September 2018

We're currently calling out for any memories of Woodside Library on Stourbridge Road, Dudley in the early 1960s. We are planning to translocate this building to form an integral...

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Brenda Minett

Forging Ahead profile: Brenda Minett

20 August 2018

  E. Minett was founded in 1907 by Edith Dabbs Minett as a high quality ladies’ outfitters in Wednesbury.  By the 1950s Edith’s daughter, Brenda, owned and...

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A piano fit for a film star!

08 August 2018

A   Stanton's payment book kindly donated this month will help to  piece together the story of Stanton's Music Shop  as part of BCLM's Forging Ahead. This...

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Lea Road Infant Welfare Centre

We need your memories of the Lea Road Infant Welfare Centre in Wolverhampton

19 July 2018

Seventy years ago this July, the NHS was born! This will be a key story within our new 1940s-60s town, told via the ambitious recreation of Wolverhampton’s Lea Road Infant...

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A Model Memory

15 June 2018

In our search for memories of The Elephant & Castle Pub (Wolverhampton), previous tenant Mo contacted BCLM about a homemade model of her home in the 1990s. Mo has kindly...

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What a Key Find!

06 June 2018

After seeing our call out for memories of Stanton's Music Shop, an eagle eyed visitor spotted this Stanton & Sons piano in search of a new home. The owner was contacted...

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Elephant & Castle BCLM

We need your memories of the Elephant & Castle!

15 May 2018

We're currently calling out for any memories prior to 1969 of the Elephant & Castle that once stood on the corner of Stafford Street & Cannock Road, Wolverhampton. We're...

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Marsh & Baxters BCLM

Do you remember Marsh & Baxter butchers' shop in Brierley Hill?

17 April 2018

We're currently looking for memories about Marsh & Baxter's butchers' shop that was on on the High Street in Brierley Hill.  Specifically, we are looking for memories...

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Do you remember the West Bromwich Building Society in Cape Hill?

05 March 2018

We are currently on the look out for memories of the West Bromwich Building Society in Cape Hill, Smethwick during the 1940s-60s. Once occupying 31 Cape Hill in Smethwick, we...

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photo of dansette record player

Bringing Rock and Roll to life

28 February 2018

Earlier this month, we were very lucky to have this 1950s Dansette Record player in full working order, with BSR parts made in the Black Country and further donations of some...

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Stantons Music Shop BCLM Forging Ahead

Do you remember Stanton's Music Shop?

05 February 2018

We're currently seeking any memories of Stanton's Music Shop prior to 1960. Once occupying Dudley Town Centre in the 1950s, we have plans to recreate the once popular local...

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Forging Ahead Planning Application

BCLM: Forging Ahead Planning Application Successfully Submitted

10 January 2018

The first of the planning applications for our major development project, BCLM: Forging Ahead were submitted to Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) on 8 December 2017. ...

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BCLM Forging Ahead Patrick Foundation

Patrick Foundation £500k donation drives forward BCLM's major development

05 January 2018

Today we  launch our fundraising campaign to raise the final £1.9m for our exciting £21.7m Forging Ahead major development project - and thanks to a...

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Free entry* for National Lottery Players on Sat 18 Nov

10 November 2017

On Saturday 18 November, we are offering free entry* to National Lottery Players as a thank you for the funding award we have recently received from The Heritage Lottery Fund...

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Gas SHowroom 2

Historic Gas Showroom's move to Museum begins

24 October 2017

We're about to start work on the take down of West Bromwich’s historic Gas Showroom! Key elements of this building will be moved here to the Museum where it will be...

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BCLM: Forging Ahead – Visitor Welcome Architects announced

04 July 2017

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Buckinghamshire-based Napier Clarke Architects to design our brand new Visitor Centre.  The Visitor Centre is the...

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Funding Success

27 June 2017

We’re pleased to announce that we have been successful in our application to become an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) for 2018-2022. ...

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BCLM: Forging Ahead wins National Lottery support

15 June 2017

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £9.8million from the National Lottery towards our £21.7m project BCLM: Forging Ahead giving us a...

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BCLM Forging Ahead First Bid

We've Submitted the First Round Bid for Forging Ahead Development

01 December 2016

Today we submitted our first round bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £9.8m to complete Phase One of our Masterplan for the next 40 years. If the bid is successful,...

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Our 10-year vision

24 May 2016

After previous consultation with the public, we have put together a proposal for a significant site development to create a world class visitor attraction welcoming 500,000...

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