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Black Country Living Museum
- Ambitious vision for expansion over next decade
 
Black Country Living Museum
Ambitious vision for expansion over next decade

A projected expansion of the popular Black Country Living Museum (BCLM) will make it the centerpiece of Dudley’s Castle Hill regeneration scheme which will integrate BCLM, Dudley Archives, Dudley Zoo and Dudley’s canals into a world class heritage and leisure attraction. The economic benefits for Dudley would be significant.

BCLM, which already has about 500,000 visitors a year, plans to attract at least 1 million visitors a year by 2020.

Andrew Lovett The Director and Chief Executive of BCLM, Andrew Lovett said:

BCLM: Forging Ahead is part of 10 year vision to create a world class heritage attraction at the heart of the Black Country. At the centre of these proposals is a 1940s-60s historic town that will allow us to complete the Black Country’s story, from the first steam engine designed by Thomas Newcomen in the early eighteenth century to the end of large scale coal mining in the region and the decline of traditional industries in the 1960s. Our ambitious plans include new shops and restaurants, including a corner pub, a working library and a bowling green. We have also included spaces for holiday accommodation, and are looking at a manufacturing and making zone which will see the forgotten industries of brick making, iron founding and metal working being demonstrated. A new learning zone, tramway extension and entrance building to cater to up to 5,000 visitors per day will complement these developments.”

The 26 acre site will emphasise the industrial heritage of the Black Country which still accounts for about 20% of the UK’s manufacturing output.

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Black Country Lives: Uncovering the Black Country and its people Coal, iron, limestone, clay – Discovering the foundation of Black Country history Coal mining and the Black Country Living Museum Cruel world of the nailmakers
Black Country Lives: Uncovering the Black Country and its people Coal, iron, limestone, clay - Discovering the foundation of Black Country history Coal mining and the Black Country Living Museum Cruel world of the nailmakers
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How industrial pollution affected the lives of Black Country folk Lighting the world – Chance Brothers family story
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