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Curator's Blog: 43 Years Volunteering

photo of volunteers in 1984

24 September 2015

/media/news/library/150924_230_1985-06-23.jpgThe Curatorial Team joined George Price at the Olde Swan Inn in Netherton to celebrate his contribution to BCLM over the past 43 years as a member of the Friends.


We thought that you would like to hear all about George and his association with BCLM which extends prior to its creation, to a time when a museum which would serve to safeguard the rapidly diminishing industrial heritage of the region was a mere notion, championed by local interest groups and enthusiasts such as the Black Country Society, the Dudley Canal Tunnel Preservation Society, and the Birmingham Enterprise Club -Industrial Archaeology Group from the 1960s onwards.


During his time as a volunteer, George has made a significant contribution to BCLM over the course of the last 43 years and has witnessed first hand its development and transformation of a once derelict industrial wasteland to one of the UK's finest heritage attractions which now welcomes over 300,000 visitors and has been awarded Designation by Arts Council England in recognition of a collection which is widely perceived to be of national and international significance and a vital component of England’s cultural identity.


The early years: George acted as the Projects Officer working on a wide range of projects including the marketing of the notion and the preliminary clearance of the site, whilst also assisting with the development of a relevant museum collection. Arguably George’s greatest achievement has been in his field of expertise, mining, overseeing the construction of the Racecourse Colliery and Brook Shaft respectively, both of which remain an integral part of our landscape. George continues his work today undertaking mechanical and civil engineering repair alongside maintenance tasks.

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