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Major Development Plans are Forging Ahead

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29 May 2019

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We are delighted to announce   that we have received the final go ahead to begin our transformational £23m development project ‘BCLM: Forging Ahead’ in summer 2019, thanks to confirmation of £9.4m of funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund, alongside existing funding from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and Arts Council England.

‘BCLM: Forging Ahead’ will bring to life currently untold stories of social, cultural, commercial and industrial life in the Black Country during the 1940s-60s. The project will enable us to celebrate the diverse yet shared heritage of the communities of the area, and will see items from our unique collection displayed in their original home for the first time, such as 1950s hairdressing items, butcher’s equipment and gas cookers.

 The project will see an entire historic town  recreating landmarks of the Black Country and providing a snapshot of what life was like in the 1940s-60s. Several buildings that were of great significance to the local community, will be recreated or replicated using archive material and historic photographs, whilst others will be translocated brick-by-brick to the their new home here at the Museum .

Some 500,000 visitors per year will be able to discover several under-explored themes including how globalisation impacted trade and industry; the origins of the region’s richly diverse population; the rise of the teenager; the changing role of women; and the birth of the NHS, thanks to the new historic town.

‘BCLM: Forging Ahead’ will also see the building of a brand-new visitor centre, a dedicated learning centre, and  a new car park. 

Work will commence in summer 2019, and will be completed in 2022. 

Watch our video to find out more about our plans.

Find out more about our plans and how you can get involved.

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