Providing lifelong learning opportunities is a core function of both the Black Country Living Museum and the University of Wolverhampton.
Both organisations are committed to ensuring that the rich artistic and industrial heritage of the region is shared with our local communities, and used to enrich lives, strengthen identity, raise aspirations and improve health and wellbeing.
The Museum’s educational programmes embrace three key principles:
- Authenticity: they are based on a strong foundation of well-researched historical evidence.
- Relevance: they focus on the heritage the Museum cares for to stimulate emotional and intellectual connections between the past and the present.
- Participation: they involve a dynamic interaction and dialogue between the visitor, staff and the collections.
The Museum’s programme for local schools and colleges strives to nurture enterprise and entrepreneurship, develop employability skills, and inspire the workforce of the future.
BCLM’s @Work events offer school students the opportunity to see how STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) subjects are applied in the world of work, with a particular emphasis on what is happening in the local area, with local organisations that use STEAM skills showcasing their work and demonstrating the variety of exciting careers that are available in the region.
The Museum’s IgnitEd programme offers immersive learning experiences that capture the skills and resources that helped shaped the Black Country, through craft workshops, historical study days, and family-friendly clubs.
The BCSC will allow BCLM and University to create new opportunities in partnership and build upon the existing number of events to reach a wider audience than before, working together to support, inform and inspire.
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On this course you will learn the basics of traditional glass painting in enamels using tracing, stippling and sgraffito. Once fired, your pictures will be permanent and like the painted glass in churches, will still be beautiful in a thousand years! This is a fun class ideal for beginners wanting…Find out more »
Explore and experiment with the Victorian photographic technique of cyanotype. Have a go at printing your own cyanotypes on a range of coloured paper and fabrics and learn all about this fascinating method of early chemical photographic development. Designs will be provided however if you wish to use your own…Find out more »
A seasonal focused workshop to introduce a range of waxes and techniques, including traditional Bees Wax, paraffin wax and modern natural waxes such as soya wax. Create an autumnal themed candle, a novelty shaped bees wax candle and a traditional pillar candle. Mixing scent into wax will also be included…Find out more »