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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 once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save landmark community and commercial buildings from demolition and rebuild them at the Museum. This...

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Traditional Playground Opens in Folkes's Park

11 June 2017

We welcomed families to try out some traditional playtime as we unveiled our new playground on Sun 11 Jun. The playground which is located in Folkes's Park features swings (including toddler swings), a slide, a 5-seater rocking horse, and wheelchair accessible roundabout. Thank you to Grimmitt Trust who...

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First Deaf Awareness Day at BCLM

08 May 2017

In the run up to Deaf Awareness Week 2017, today we celebrated our first ever Deaf Awareness Day at the Museum The theme for this years’ week (15 – 21 May 2017) is ‘Celebrations’ – and there was plenty of that as we put on extra activities and entertainment to mark the occasion. There...

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Nine millionth Visitor

Welcome to our nine millionth visitor

04 May 2017

Grandparents Jane and Simon DeVillanueva, daughter Emma Ensell and Granddaughter Grace Ensell got a big surprise on Thu 4 May – the family were our 9 millionth visitor! The lucky family were greeted by our costumed characters and given an exclusive ride in our vintage cars. They also enjoyed free membership...

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Jump Straight into the Thick of it This Half Term

03 May 2017

Sat 27 May – Sun 4 Jun Discover how children of the past lived, worked and played this half term! Ever wondered what life was like for kids in the Black Country over a century ago? Well now's your chance to find out. Bring the whole family along this half term and take part in crafts, activities,...

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10 things to see industrial might

Top ten things to see at our Industrial Might Bank Holiday Weekend

04 April 2017

 Book for Bank Holiday weekend. This Bank Holiday Weekend (Fri 14 – Mon 17 April) we’ll be focusing on the Industrial Might of the region. The Black Country earned itself a worldwide reputation for its manufacturing prowess, with its goods exported to the furthest reaches of the...

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BLOG: Five Easter traditions and where they come from

30 March 2017

It may seem strange to us today, but we have the Victorians to thank for many of our popular Easter traditions (although of course, Easter altogether has much older origins). Before Victoria became Queen of England in 1837, the emphasis for Easter was on Lent and fasting but by the time she became Queen, Easter...

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Curator's Blog: The Trouble with Toys

16 March 2017

In the shops and houses at the Museum we have many things on display. For Jessica, our Assistant Curator, some of her favourites are the toys we have in the village. But toys don’t survive village life very well. What do we do with troublesome toys?   Toys tell  a story. You can really delve...

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Bringing the Past to Life for the Blind and Partially Sighted

14 March 2017

Glenis Williams, Audience Development Manager, gives us the rundown on how our recent accessibility training for our front line staff went. It’s no secret that for the past year we’ve been trying to make our site more accessible to more people, no matter what challenges they face. Over the...

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Antiques Roadshow is coming to Black Country Living Museum

06 February 2017

It’s time to dust off your treasures for a great, free day out as BBC One’s ever-popular Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow comes to Black Country Living Museum on Wed 21 Jun. Many of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations...

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