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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 plan to recreate the building society as part of its £21.7m Forging Ahead project. The building being recreated was built in the...

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Bilston Love Token 1811

BLOG: A token of love

15 February 2018

In 1845, just like today, jewellery was an expensive way to show your affection for somebody. Perhaps particularly so in the mid-19 th century, where even costume jewellery would have been out of the reach for the working classes of the Black Country. Not letting this get in the way, one romantic Black Country...

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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 haunt as part of our £21.7m Forging Ahead project. The shop was originally opened by James Stanton at 10 Castle Street in Dudley in...

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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. The planning applications, which include extensive project designs for the new Visitor Centre and historic development, were hand delivered...

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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 Midlands-based charitable foundation we're off to an excellent start! The Patrick Foundation of Kings Norton have pledged a gift of £500,000...

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Our 100 Year Old Tram is Back on Track

18 December 2017

After a five year restoration project, our 100 year old Tram 5 is now back in service! The restoration was made possible thanks to donations from many generous individuals, businesses and trusts & foundations, including from the Friends of Black Country Living Museum and the Black Country Living Museum Transport...

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Christmas in the Home

BCLM Celebrates a Century of Christmas in the Home

21 November 2017

We're celebrating the everyday history of Christmas at our Christmas in the Home event (25 & 26 Nov, 2 & 3 Dec, 9 & 10 Dec and Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 Dec inclusive). Stroll around 26 acres of shops and houses and get a snapshot of at everyday life during the festive period over 300 years. From...

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Friends of President win Marsh Volunteer Award

10 November 2017

Last week, the Friends of President won the Marsh Team Volunteer Award presented by the Princess Royal The award recognises their voluntary efforts in restoring, operating and maintaining one of the world's only restored coal fired steam powered narrowboats, President - and its unpowered butty boat...

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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 towards our ambitious development project, BCLM: Forging Ahead. Money from every National Lottery ticket purchased is awarded to projects...

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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 recreated as part of our £21.7m major development project to depict Black Country life in the 1940s-60s. Today (Tuesday 24 October),...

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