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WW1 at Black Country Living Museum

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Commemorating 1914 – 1918, World War One

For the next four years, Black Country Living Museum will be commemorating World War One 1914-18 with a host of activities, research and collections.

We have researched real lives, real stories of Black Country folk during WW1.



William Adey

/media/ww1/library/140801_230_david.jpgPrivate 8th (Service) Battalion

The South Staffordshire Regiment

Aged 39 in 1914

Occupation before the war: Locksmith

The story of William Adey will be shared by our costumed character who is pictured here as a Private of the South Staffs. Regiment.

Find out about the real life story of Private William Adey from 1914-1918


Lilian Hodgkiss


Munitions Worker

Aged 18 in 1914

The story of Lilian Hodgkiss will be shared by our costumed characters. One of our costumed characters is pictured to the left as a Munitions worker.

Find out more about Lilian Hodgkiss and life as a Munition worker in World War One.



Gertrude Bytheway

Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse, Red Cross

/media/ww1/library/140801_230_tracy.jpgAged 33 in 1914

Occupation prior to the war: Teacher

Our costumed character, pictured here as V.A.D. Nurse will tell the story of Gertrude.

Find out more about Gertrude and VAD Nurses




WW1 Events at BCLM

/media/ww1/library/140729_230_our_events.jpgFind out about our latest activities and events taking place at the Museum on our WW1 Events page





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