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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 planning to recreate this once-treasured watering hole in a 1940s-60s town centre as part of our new development project ‘Forging...

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Industrial Might Weekend BCLM

Industrial Might Weekender

14 May 2018

Visit us this weekend (19 & 20 May) and discover the awe-inspiring industrial might of the Black Country! Plus, if you use your UnChained  Annual Pass you'll be able to visit us for free. Explore newly restored areas of the Museum,    including the Anchor Forge. Watch live demonstrations of...

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Bank Holiday Weekend Tug Boat Gathering

Win tickets to our Boating Bank Holiday Weekender!

01 May 2018

Fancy winning a family ticket to our Tug Boat Gathering (5-7 May) and a fish and chip lunch this Bank Holiday weekend? We’re celebrating the legacy of the canal network and bringing our famous boat dock to life, putting incredibly rare and beautiful tug boats through their paces. To bag yourself the...

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Tug Boat Gathering May

All Aboard for our Boating Bank Holiday Weekender!

27 April 2018

This Bank Holiday weekend we'll be celebrating  canal tug boats and their legacy with a weekend of arts, crafts, fascinating  talks and  live demonstrations. Tug boats were  once an essential part of the canal network and a driving force of industrial Britain - allowing factories to grow, fuel...

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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 from the 1950s as that is the period in which we’ll be setting the butchers.   We are particularly interested in finding...

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Pic of West Bromwich Building Society

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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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 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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