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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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The old and new toys hanging out together.

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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Viv at BCLM 100 year birthday

100 Year Old 'Viv' Celebrates Birthday here at BCLM

04 February 2017

Today we welcomed a very special guest indeed on his birthday weekend – 100 year old veteran James “Vivian” Wollason (or just ‘Viv’, as he’s affectionately known by his family!) Viv was born right here in Tipton, down the road from the Museum, but we were surprised to learn he...

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Curators' Blog

31 January 2017

Hi I’m Helen,  I am the Curator of Domestic and Cultural life here at  Black Country Living Museum. You may have wondered why  we were closed for two weeks at the beginning of January.  Well each year that  two week close period gives our Maintenance Team time to carry out a...

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Long Lost Cat Discovered ‘Living in the Past’ at BCLM

21 January 2017

Museum regular 16 year old Tiger the cat has been harbouring a rather purr-plexing secret: fourteen years ago he ran away from his owner to join our very own Maintenance Team! A recent trip to the vets blew his cover however as we quickly found out that Tiger, or Snitch as he was appropriately known, was once the...

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Racecourse Colliery

£129k Grant Will Bring Racecourse Colliery to Life

17 January 2017

Great news – today we found out we’ve been awarded a grant totalling £128,490 towards the restoration of our racecourse colliery! The donation has been awarded by the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund and will complete our ongoing fundraising efforts for the area, which has seen...

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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, the Phase One project entitled BCLM: Forging Ahead will see the Museum turn its face to Castle Hill, creating a brand new visitor centre and...

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