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BCLM featured in The Guardian's '800 Years of History in 20 Easy Steps'

photo of Newcomen Steam Engine House

16 February 2015

In Saturday's newspaper, travel journalist, Alan Franks recommended visitor destinations across England to best discover '800 Years of History in 20 Easy Steps'.

We are pleased to say that the Black Country, and the Museum in particular, was listed as the 9th step and the ('the' in italics) place in the UK to learn about the Industrial Revolution, 1760-1840. 

The Guardian article states that "The Black Country, to the west of Birmingham, stood on the thick, rich coal seams which were to power Britain to the forefront of manufacturing nations. Close to the pleasant hills of south Shropshire, this region of some 20 expanding small towns, each specialising in a particular metal trade, was the first sizeable industrial landscape in the world. By the middle of the 19th century, it was producing more than a fifth of the country’s iron, supplying the cast-iron pillars for the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1851, the US’s first steam locomotive, and the anchors for such mighty vessels as the Titanic and Brunel’s SS Great Britain. At the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, witness the process which set in train the nation’s shift from rural to urban. Here you can walk through scenes of those times: the limekilns, the Newcomen engine house, the chain makers, the canal wharfs. You can even go down into the “10-yard seam” of the drift mine."


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