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BCLM: Forging Ahead wins National Lottery support

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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 endorsement from the Heritage Lottery Fund means that we have the go-ahead to begin important planning and research. This will be for the creation of: new learning facilities; a new visitor centre and car park; and several 1940s -1960s historic developments which would see the Museum expand by up to a third.

We've identified a few buildings across the region that we would like to translocate, recreate or replicate at the Museum including a pub, shops, a hairdressers and an NHS clinic.

 All of these developments will represent what it was like to live and work in the Black Country in the 1940s-60s, and they will preserve an important period of our history for generations to come. 

In October 2018 we’ll be submitting a second-round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to unlock the rest of this funding so that we can start building, with a view to completing it in 2022.

Follow us over the coming weeks, months and years as we complete the Museum’s story - your story. And it’s thanks to all of you out there who play the National Lottery.

Watch our announcement video to hear more about our plans below.


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