Black Country Living Museum forges ahead

West Bromwich Gas Showroom in its heyday Credyd: Black Country Living Museum
A rare opportunity to save landmark community and commercial buildings from demolition and rebuild them at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, has been awarded £9.8million from The National Lottery.

Some of the buildings identified will be moved brick-by-brick to the museum, including West Bromwich’s Gas Showroom and Dudley’s Woodside Library – both the focus of strong community support to save them.  Others, including Wolverhampton’s Elephant & Castle Pub and Lye’s Marsh & Baxter’s Butchers, will be recreated from archive material and images. 

450 news jobs

The hugely ambitious scheme – which will create 450 jobs in the local area - will allow the museum to tell the story of the Black Country up to the closure of the Baggeridge Coal Mine in 1968. 

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of HLF, said: “The Black Country Living Museum is one of the UK’s most popular open-air museums bringing knowledge of the country’s industrial past to a national and international audience. Our funding, which is made possible thanks to National Lottery players, will help update the wider site making it a visitor attraction truly fit for the 21st century.”

“We would very much like to thank National Lottery players for making such support possible.”Andrew Lovett, Black Country Life Museum Director and Chief Executive

Significant expansion plans

The museum will expand by a third, transforming its site with a new historic development focusing on the period 1940-1960. It will also transform the visitor welcome and learning facilities.

Andrew Lovett, Director and Chief Executive of the Black Country Life Museum, said: “We would very much like to thank National Lottery players for making such support possible.”

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