Black Country Living Museum (BCLM) and the University of Wolverhampton have much more in common than geographical location. Both institutions strive to raise aspirations and educational attainment by engaging individuals, families and schools across the Black Country, making learning accessible, informative and fun. Together, we have worked for a number of years on different initiatives to achieve our shared vision. The University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering has a particularly active programme of work with BCLM, including an annual Young Women in Construction competition, links with the new MSc Demolition course and guest lectures. The Faculty of Arts partners with BCLM in a sustainable clothing research project; drama students are part of the Black Country touring initiative; and there are opportunities to work together in relation to the Sikh/Panjabi migration in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Faculty of Social Science’s history department and the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing’s public health department have contributed research to the Infant Welfare Centre that is part of BCLM: Forging Ahead, the Museum’s major development project launching 2022, and we’re exploring exciting opportunities for a future Wellcome research application.

The Black Country Studies Centre (BCSC) brings all of this exciting work together in
one comprehensive offer, allowing us to introduce new initiatives such as guest
lectures, taster courses, student placements and research projects – all of which create a unique learning proposition for the region, building on the rich history of the Black Country.