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BCLM Receives ArtFund Award

BCLM Adventures Through Time

17 November 2020

BCLM Art Fund Grant will Bring History to Life for the Younger Generation

Black Country Living Museum receives Art Fund grant to help bring Black Country history to life for younger audiences in brand new ways.

The Museum will bring the stories of the Black Country to children in an exciting new series of animations and podcasts, working in collaboration with Childrens Radio UK.

During the Museum’s closure due to the Covid-19 crisis, the team produced a series of educational videos called History at Home, bringing to life topics from the region’s history to give children an opportunity to learn outside of the Museum setting, as well as provide parents with source material for learning at home. This successful campaign helped to inspire the inception of “Black Country: Adventures Through Time”, a new venture working in collaboration with Children’s Radio UK which will be supported by the Respond and Reimagine Grant from Art Fund. The project will continue important outreach work with young people by bringing stories of the Museum to them through brand new channels with a series of animated videos aimed at 8-12 year olds, as well as a series of podcasts for children aged 12-16.

Carolyn Sankey, Director of Development, commented: “we’re hugely grateful to Art Fund for awarding this support which will enable us to adapt our work in exciting ways and keep engaging young people in the fascinating history of the Black Country.”

Led by production from Children’s Radio UK, a leading producer of audio and video content, the Museum will collaborate on a series of engaging animations and podcasts exploring topics relevant to the history of the Black Country. ‘Adventures Through Time’ will bring the life and stories of the Museum to children in new and exciting ways – in fun animated videos, our protagonists will step back in time, explore the past and meet a range of historic characters. The series will be complemented with downloadable learning materials, providing resources for teachers to bring these stories to life in the classroom. The planned launch for the series of 12 animated videos is 11 Jan 2021, with audio versions also available to access at This will be followed by a monthly magazine-style podcast on the last Saturday of each month premiering on 30 Jan 2021. The podcastwill explore different themes and will see curators answering questions submitted by the audience.

Art Fund’s Respond and Reimagine grants offer flexible and responsive funding to help museums adapt to the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis and reimagine future ways of working. The UK’s museums provide inspiration, joy and education, enriching lives and bringing communities closer together, but the impact of Covid-19 has been catastrophic for many. In the last six months, Art Fund received applications totalling over 16.9m from 451 organisations for its £2.25m Respond and Reimagine funding, which is now exhausted. But with six in ten (60%) museums Art Fund recently surveyed worried about their survival, and 92% of museums saying they need to ‘adapt and innovate’, the charity has launched an urgent new public fundraising appeal: Together for Museums. It aims to raise £1 million to help more museums adapt to today’s challenges and evolve. Art Fund is appealing to the public to make donations of any size. From just £15, unique objects and artworks are available as rewards, donated by leading artists including Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor, Michael Landy, Melanie Manchot and David Shrigley.

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