Black Country Living Museum

Throughout it’s 44-year history, Black Country Living Museum’s aim has always been clear: Inspiring your discovery of the Black Country. The museum ensures that the revolutionary story of the Black Country’s industrial landscape – the first ever of its kind in the UK – is celebrated by generations.

Set across 26 acres, visitors explore carefully reconstructed shops, houses and industrial areas that represent the Black Country’s story. You’ll learn how steam power, human ingenuity and an increasingly interconnected world transformed this region into a manufacturing powerhouse. You’ll meet our historic characters who’ll tell you stories of what it was really like to live and work during this revolutionary period of history. Most importantly, you’ll see history brought to life before your eyes – you’ll hear the clang of hammers; smell the smoke billowing from red brick chimneys; and maybe even taste the best fish and chips in the world.

Black Country Living Museum’s aim as a Museum is clear, but equally clear is the importance they place on their colleagues; without whose knowledge, experience, and passion, they wouldn’t be the success they are. Whether you’re looking to gain experience within the heritage sector, utilise your existing professional skills, or simply want to spend your spare time doing something you enjoy, Black Country Living Museum has many things which set it apart from other organisations.

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Stourbridge Glass Museum

For over 400 years, glass in every fashionable style has been made in the Stourbridge area and Stourbridge glass is collected and admired worldwide.
Journey through time and witness the fascinating story of the Stourbridge Glass Quarter.
Discover how the industry helped this part of the Black Country gain an enviable reputation for creativity and skill – around the world.
The museum’s mission Statement is “Stourbridge Glass museum: at the heart of the community with a globally significant collections to educate and inspire.”

Website: Stourbridge Glass Museum – The New Home of Glass

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The Lace Guild Museum

The Lace Guild Museum

The Lace Guild Museum is a small independent accredited Museum run entirely by volunteers, housed in a detached Edwardian building in the heart of the Stourbridge Glass Quarter.

It is a specialist museum with a large collection of lace and lace related artefacts. The Museum collects both antique and contemporary lace. The Lace Guild CIO, a membership organisation and registered Education Charity, was founded nearly 50 years ago to encourage the up take and further knowledge about this fascinating heritage craft.

They have themed exhibitions of lace and lace making artefacts from the collection, changed about every three month. In between there are topical and local interest exhibitions and displays of members work from all parts of the British Isles. Visitors are encouraged to browse the extensive library of specialist books and periodicals.  Members are able to borrow books from the library.

The collection can also be studied by prior arrangement. The extensive and growing archive is in the process of being catalogued and will be soon available as a study resource.

The Museum is currently open every Wednesday to Friday from 10 – 3, except Bank Holidays, subject to the availability of a volunteer. Plans are underway to open every Saturday from February to November (currently first monthly). Quarterly, on the first Saturday of February, May, August, and November, one of the Honorary Curators is available to identify your lace and to advise on care and conservation. Please phone for an appointment.

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The New Art Gallery Walsall

The New Art Gallery Walsall

The New Art Gallery Walsall aims to present, collect and interpret historic and contemporary art in innovative and challenging ways that encourage the engagement and enjoyment of existing and future audiences. Its purpose is to provide a cultural and educational service of the very highest quality and to act as a focus for civic pride and community identity for the people of Walsall and the region. Its artistic programming, the development of its collections and its approach to access, engagement and interpretation explores new models of how museums can contribute to people’s lives. As a gallery of outstanding excellence, it seeks to disseminate its work as widely as possible, thus drawing national and international attention to Walsall and its achievements.

They welcome applications for volunteers, in particular to support the documentation of their Archives, Art Library and Collections.

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