Black Country Living Museum

A member of the Dudley community

About Black Country Living Museum

An immersive experience from start to finish, Black Country Living Museum is an award-winning open air museum that tells the story of one of the very first industrialised landscapes in Britain.

Set across 26 acres, explore over forty carefully reconstructed shops, houses and industrial areas. Meet historic characters who’ll tell you what it was like to live and work during the Industrial Revolution and beyond.

There's plenty for the entire family to get stuck into:

  • Take a ride on one of our heritage vehicles
  • See daily live industrial demonstrations including brass, chain and nail making
  • Play old-fashioned street games
  • Indulge in the traditional tastes of the past in our baker’s shop, sweet shop and 1930s fish and chip shop
  • Catch a short film in our 1920s cinema
  • Quench your thirst in the Bottle & Glass Inn
  • Find out about weird and wonderful treatments of the past in Emile Doo’s Chemist
  • Test your times tables in a 1912 school lesson
A bit about the Black Country

The Black Country is often seen of a collection of 20 or so towns falling within the four Metropolitan Boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. While no one quite agrees on the exact boundaries of the region, there is one thing we know for certain: Black Country folk changed the world.

They built world’s first successful steam engine; put the first steam train (the Stourbridge Lion) on US soil; fuelled the introduction of the first minimum wage; produced the anchor for the Titanic; practically built the Crystal Palace and so much more.

From the early 20th century onwards, the Black Country region became one of the most industrialised parts of the UK with coal mines, iron foundries, glass factories, brick works and more dominating the landscape. The sheer intensity of industry earned the Black Country a worldwide reputation and its goods were shipped around the globe. But industry at such scale came at a huge cost, and the landscape was turned inside out for its resources. In 1862 the American Consul to Birmingham Elihu Burritt famously described the region as “black by day and red by night” because of the ubiquitous black smog by day and the fiery glow of the furnaces by night.

Up until the 1950s and 60s, the Black Country preserved the physical, economic and social landscape of the earlier part of the century, but eventually the pace of change began to erode the essential character of the region. Following two major waves of industrial development, the last mine in the Black Country closed in 1968, bringing about the end of a unique area, one that is preserved right here at the Black Country Living Museum for you to explore.

Find us online

Visit our website at https://www.bclm.co.uk/

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Black Country Living Museum temporary closure

Following the latest advice from the Government, we have made the very difficult decision to temporarily close Black Country Living Museum. The Museum will close to the public, including schools, from Wednesday 18 March for an initial period of six weeks until Fri 1 May.

The welfare of our visitors, staff and community is of paramount importance to us. Therefore, we have decided to close the Museum so that we can play our part in helping to stop the spread of the virus and support the efforts of the NHS.

We will keep the closure period under constant review and will take any further necessary action in response to Government advice as and when it is published. In the meantime, we are working to contact everyone who is likely to be affected by the closure, including event ticket holders and group bookers, so we ask that you bear with us during this time.

Please find our response to frequently asked questions including about visiting our Museum, ticketing and Membership in the link below:

https://www.bclm.co.uk/visiting/coronavirus-covid19-update/1156.htm

Deaf-friendly tour - Pickles & Preserves

Deaf-friendly tour - Pickles & Preserves 18 July 2020

Our specialist deaf-friendly tours are designed to welcome visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Come and meet Pete the gardener in the Toll house, where you can learn about the vegetable garden. Preserving food and pickling was an essential and practical way to ensure you could feed your family throughout the year.

Join our Deaf Friendly tours facilitated by a qualified British Sign Language interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing visitors. The BSL interpreter works alongside one of our friendly costumed demonstrators who will support the tour by spoken interpretation.

Specialist tours take place once a month on a Saturday from 2pm -3.30pm.

Each tour begins with an introductory welcome to the Museum in the main visitor reception at 2pm.

To book your place follow the link below:

https://www.bclm.co.uk/events/deaffriendly-tour--black-country-women/7993.htm#.Xlk2uW52uUk

Group bookings - please contact us via emailsalesandticketing@bclm.com.

Do you have an UnChained Pass? You can use your UnChainedPass to visit any of the tours (not including special events such as SantaHunts).

Pay for one day, visit for 12 months. (T&C apply seewebsite for details).

Don’t forget, you can arrive early and explore the Museumthen visit Hobbs and Sons our award-winning fish and chips shop, all cooked inbeef dripping for an authentic taste of the past. or enjoy other tasty BlackCountry meals in the Worker’s Institute.

Other Deaf Friendly tours include:

· VE DayCelebration on Sat 9 May at 2:00pm

· Pickles andPreserves on Saturday 18 July

· Hard Hat tour on Saturday 12 September

· Sugar, Plumsand Sherbet on Saturday 14 November

· BSL SantaHunts on Saturday 12 December

Booking is essential - please contact us on 0121 520 8054(lines open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) or email salesandticketing@bclm.com to reserve aplace.
When
18 Jul 2020 at 2:00pm
until 18 Jul 2020 at 3:30pm
Where
Tipton Rd
Dudley
DY1 4SQ

Audio Descriptive Tour- Black Country Vehicles

13 June 2020 Our specialist audio descriptive tours are designed to welcome visitors who are blind or partially sighted.

For our June Audio Descriptive tour, we will be celebrating the very best in heritage motor manufacture. We’ll be putting the key in the ignition and starting the first part of our tour in the Motor Garage – Bradburn & Wedge - and then accelerate down to Conway Garage!

You will have exclusive access to the car collections on site with your own personal guide. Plus, take a leisurely trip around the Museum on one of our vintage vehicles and explore our 26-acre site at your pace.

Come and explore our Audio Descriptive tours exploring Black Country history through touch and handling experiences. Led by one of our trained historic characters, each tour begins with an introductory welcome in the main visitor reception at 2pm.

Event time: 2pm - 3:30pm.

To book your place follow the link below:

https://www.bclm.co.uk/events/deaffriendly-tour--black-country-women/7993.htm#.Xlk2uW52uUk

Group bookings - please contact us via emailsalesandticketing@bclm.com.

Do you have an UnChained Pass? You can use your UnChainedPass to visit any of the tours (not including special events such as SantaHunts).

Pay for one day, visit for 12 months. (T&C apply seewebsite for details).

Don’t forget, you can arrive early and explore the Museumthen visit Hobbs and Sons our award-winning fish and chips shop, all cooked inbeef dripping for an authentic taste of the past. or enjoy other tasty BlackCountry meals in the Worker’s Institute.

Other Audio Descriptive tour include:

· A day in thelife of Danny the horse on Saturday 11 April

· BlackCountry Vehicles on Saturday 13 June

· World Sight Day on Saturday 10 October

· Christmas inthe home on Saturday 19 December

Booking is essential - please contact us on 0121 520 8054(lines open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) or email salesandticketing@bclm.com to reserve aplace.
When
13 Jun 2020 at 2:00pm
until 13 Jun 2020 at 3:30pm
Where
Tipton Rd
Dudley
DY1 4SQ

Audio Descriptive tour - A day in the life of Danny the horse

11 April 2020

Our specialist audio descriptive tours are designed to welcome visitors who are blind or partially sighted.

Come and meet Danny the horse in Carter's yard and learn about his role, whilst seeing the many harnesses, buckles, and horse brasses on display.

Horse transport was an integral part of getting goods from one place to another during the nineteenth century. Horses were used as draught animals to haul narrow boats loaded with goods on the canal. They would drag heavy coal carts, pull trams, carriages, milk floats, as well as delivering wagons and fire engines.

Come and explore our Audio Descriptive tours with one of our trained costume demonstrators exploring Black Country history through touch and handling experiences.

Specialist tours take place once a month on a Saturday from 2pm -3.30pm.

Each tour begins with an introductory welcome to the Museum in the main visitor reception at 2pm.

Other Audio Descriptive tour include:

· A day in thelife of Danny the horse on Saturday 11 April

· BlackCountry Vehicles on Saturday 13 June

· World Sight Day on Saturday 10 October

· Christmas inthe home on Saturday 19 December

Booking is essential - please contact us on 0121 520 8054(lines open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) or email salesandticketing@bclm.com to reserve aplace.

Don’t forget, you can arrive early and explore the Museumthen visit Hobbs and Sons our award-winning fish and chips shop, all cooked inbeef dripping for an authentic taste of the past. or enjoy other tasty BlackCountry meals in the Worker’s Institute.

Pay for one day, visit for 12 months. (T&C apply seewebsite for details).

Do you have an UnChained Pass? You can use your UnChainedPass to visit any of the tours (not including special events such as SantaHunts).

Group bookings - please contact us via emailsalesandticketing@bclm.com.

https://www.bclm.co.uk/events/deaffriendly-tour--black-country-women/7993.htm#.Xlk2uW52uUk

To book your place follow the link below:
When
11 Apr 2020 at 2:00pm
until 11 Apr 2020 at 3:30pm
Where
Tipton Rd
Dudley
DY1 4SQ

Deaf-Friendly tour - VE Day Celebration

09 May 2020 Our specialist deaf-friendly tours are designed to welcome visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing.

As part of Deaf Awareness week we are celebrating Victory in Europe, in the traditional style of communal singing. Come and join in a participation experience of sign to sing, laughter and fun with our qualified British Sign Language interpreter.

On 8 May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany’s surrender the day before. During the following days a feeling of euphoria and celebration captured the hearts of local people and the need to celebrate on the streets of Britain.

Join our Deaf Friendly tours facilitated by a qualified British Sign Language interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing visitors. The BSL interpreter works alongside one of our friendly costumed demonstrators who will support the tour by spoken interpretation. Specialist tours take place once a month on a Saturday from 2pm -3.30pm. Each tour begins with an introductory welcome to the Museum in the main visitor reception at 2pm.

To book your place follow the link below:

https://www.bclm.co.uk/events/deaffriendly-tour--black-country-women/7993.htm#.Xlk2uW52uUk

Group bookings - please contact us via email salesandticketing@bclm.com.

Do you have an UnChained Pass? You can use your UnChained Pass to visit any of the tours (not including special events such as Santa Hunts).

Pay for one day, visit for 12 months. (T&C apply see website for details).

Don’t forget, you can arrive early and explore the Museum then visit Hobbs and Sons our award-winning fish and chips shop, all cooked in beef dripping for an authentic taste of the past. or enjoy other tasty Black Country meals in the Worker’s Institute.


Other Deaf Friendly tours include:

· VE Day Celebration on Sat 9 May at 2:00pm

· Pickles and Preserves on Saturday 18 July

· Hard Hat tour on Saturday 12 September

· Sugar, Plums and Sherbet on Saturday 14 November

· BSL Santa Hunts on Saturday 12 December

Booking is essential - please contact us on 0121 520 8054 (lines open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) or email salesandticketing@bclm.com to reserve a place.
When
09 May 2020 at 2:00pm
until 09 May 2020 at 3:30pm
Where
Tipton Rd
Dudley
DY1 4SQ

British Sign Language tour - Black Country Women

07 March 2020

Our specialist deaf-friendly tours are designed to welcome visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Come and meet the women who helped shaped the history of the Black Country.

“Each for Equal” is the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day. We will be celebrating women’s domestic and working life, revealing challenging stereotypes from Pit Bonk Wenches to domestic working women, you will discover the grafters and unsung heroines from the past.

Join our Deaf Friendly tours facilitated by a qualified British Sign Language interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing visitors. The BSL interpreter works alongside one of our friendly costumed demonstrators who will support the tour by spoken interpretation.

Specialist tours take place once a month on a Saturday from 2pm -3.30pm.

Each tour begins with an introductory welcome to the Museum in the main visitor reception at 2pm.

To book your place follow the link below:

https://www.bclm.co.uk/events/deaffriendly-tour--black-country-women/7993.htm#.Xlk2uW52uUk

Group bookings - please contact us via email salesandticketing@bclm.com.

Do you have an UnChained Pass? You can use your UnChained Pass to visit any of the tours (not including special events such as Santa Hunts).

Pay for one day, visit for 12 months. (T&C apply see website for details).

Don’t forget, you can arrive early and explore the Museum then visit Hobbs and Sons our award-winning fish and chips shop, all cooked in beef dripping for an authentic taste of the past. or enjoy other tasty Black Country meals in the Worker’s Institute.

Other Deaf Friendly tours include:

· VE Day Celebration on Sat 9 May at 2:00pm

· Pickles and Preserves on Saturday 18 July

· Hard Hat tour on Saturday 12 September

· Sugar, Plums and Sherbet on Saturday 14 November

· BSL Santa Hunts on Saturday 12 December

Booking is essential - please contact us on 0121 520 8054 (lines open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) or email salesandticketing@bclm.com to reserve a place.
When
07 Mar 2020 at 2:00pm
until 07 Mar 2020 at 3:30pm
Where
Tipton Rd
Dudley
DY1 4SQ

National Stitch Day at Black Country Living Museum

Saturday 22 June 10-4pm

Join us in the Main Visitor reception to celebrate with Wolverhampton Embroiderers' Guild by adding your stitch to a collaborative piece of artwork designed for Forging Ahead.

No booking required, just turn up! This is a free event for all. Normal admission price applies if you wish to visit the main Museum site.

For more information contact 0121 521 5697

https://www.bclm.co.uk/whats-on.htm
When
22 Jun 2019 at 10:00am
until 22 Jun 2019 at 4:00pm
Where
Tipton Road
Dudley
DY1 4SQ

Black Country Living Museum Deaf Friendly tours

BCLM host Deaf Friendly tours for the deaf and hard of hearing visitors throughout the year. Each visit promises to be a sensory explosion of fun and discovery from our Boat Dock tour to an Edwardian Garden tour.

Saturday 12 October -Edwardian School Lesson

Come and take part in a traditional Edwardian school lesson - be sure to be on your best behaviour!

Specialist tours take place once a month on a Saturday from 2pm - 3.30pm. Our deaf-friendly tours are facilitated by a qualified British Sign Language interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing visitors. The BSL Language interpreter works alongside one of our friendly Historic Characters who will support the tour by spoken interpretation.

Each tour begins with an introductory welcome to the Museum in the main visitor reception at 2pm.

Group bookings - please contact us via email salesandticketing@bclm.com.

Do you have an UnChained Pass? You can use your UnChained Pass to visit any of the tours (not including special events such as Santa Hunts).

Pay for one day, visit for 12 months. (T&C apply see website for details).

Don’t forget, you can arrive early and explore the Museum then visit Hobbs and Sons our award-winning fish and chips shop, all cooked in beef dripping for an authentic taste of the past. or enjoy other tasty Black Country meals in the Worker’s Institute. Each tour starts at 2pm in the Main Visitor reception, followed by your themed tour in the Museum. Come and learn about the Black Country whilst exploring our Houses, Cottages and Shops, accompanied by your very own historical character as they reveal inspiring stories from the Black Country and beyond.

Other tours include:

· Edwardian School Lesson on Sat 12 October at 2:00pm

· British Sign Language "Santa Hunts" on Sat 21 December at 2:00pm

Book early, and join in the fun on our “Christmas in the Home” tour taking place on Sat 21 December at 2pm, get into the Festive Spirit by exploring Black Country traditions of Christmas past.

Booking is essential - please contact us on 0121 520 8054 (lines open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) or email salesandticketing@bclm.com to reserve your place.

We have 20 places on each tour and they will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. All successful booking will be confirmed via email.
When
12 Oct 2019 at 2:00am
until 12 Oct 2019 at 3:30am
Where
Tipton Rd
Dudley
DY1 4SQ

Black Country Living Museum Audio Descriptive Tours

BCLM starts Audio Descriptive tours for visually impaired visitors throughout the year. Each visit promises to be a sensory explosion of fun and discovery from our vintage vehicle journeys to sensory smells of Emile Doo’s, the chemist. Come and take a turn in rolling your own pills, handling equipment and learning about the strange and wonderful ingredients used by the chemist to treat all sort of complaints.

Book early, and join in the fun on our “Christmas in the Home” tour taking place on Sat 14 December at 2pm, get into the Festive Spirit by exploring Black Country traditions of Christmas past.

Do you love animals? Why not join us on Saturday 13 April at 2pm and meet Danny the horse, and learn about what role they played and the importance of horse transport in the 19th Century. All tours are led by one of our trained Historic Characters, where you will have an opportunity to touch and handle objects and artefacts from the past.

Pay for one day, visit for 12 months. (T&C apply see website for details).

Don’t forget, you can arrive early and explore the Museum then visit Hobbs and Sons our award-winning fish and chips shop, all cooked in beef dripping for an authentic taste of the past. or enjoy other tasty Black Country meals in the Worker’s Institute. Each tour starts at 2pm in the Main Visitor reception, followed by your themed tour in the Museum. Come and learn about the Black Country whilst exploring our Houses, Cottages and Shops, accompanied by your very own historical character as they reveal inspiring stories from the Black Country and beyond.

Other tours include:

· The Women Chainmakers of Cradley Heath on Sat 8 June at 2:00pm

· Transport and Vintage Vehicles on Sat 14 September at 2:00pm

· The Aromas of Emile Doo’s the Chemist on Sat 16 November at 2:00pm

· Christmas in the Home on Sat 14 December at 2:00pm

Booking is essential - please contact us on 0121 520 8054 (lines open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) or email salesandticketing@bclm.com to reserve your place.

We have 20 places on each tour and they will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. All successful booking will be confirmed via email.
When
13 Apr 2019 at 2:00am
until 13 Apr 2019 at 3:30am
Where
Tipton Rd
Dudley
DY1 4SQ

Disabled Access Day at Black Country Living Museum

Disabled Access Day - Saturday 16 March 10-4pm

Join us on Disabled Access Day and ‘try something new’ in one of the many free activities we’ll be running at the Museum to celebrate great access and inclusion.

Meet Canine Partners and see their Assistance Dogs or take part in one of our free “try something new” workshops- maybe an accessible exercise class or how about a Laughter Yoga sessions?

Visit our disability information hub with over 20 stalls; discover artefacts from our historic collection with specialist talks throughout the day, or join one of our Deaf Friendly or Audio Descriptive tours.

All activities are free of charge. Booking Essential. Visit bclm.com for more information.

Email: saleandticketing@bclm.com

Tel: 0121 557 5697

Link to Euan's Guide: https://www.euansguide.com/venues/black-country-living-museum-dudley-6693/events/disabled-access-day-4585

Normal charge applies when visiting the Museum site.

#YouAndSomewhereNew #Disability #fun #fitness #yoga #blackcountry
When
16 Mar 2019 at 10:00am
until 16 Mar 2019 at 4:00pm
Where
Tipton Rd
Dudley
DY1 4SQ