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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:

  1. Authenticity: they are based on a strong foundation of well-researched historical evidence.
  2. Relevance: they focus on the heritage the Museum cares for to stimulate emotional and intellectual connections between the past and the present.
  3. 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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November 2018

Willow Christmas Decorations

November 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Black Country Living Museum, Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road
Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ United Kingdom
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Pine Cone Christmas Decoration

A day learning how to combine willow with natural hedgerow materials like ivy, holly and cones as well as beautiful ribbons and raffia. Participants will make a variety of decorations to take home, including a Christmas wreath from colourful willow stems, large and small stars, flat woven Christmas trees and…

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February 2019

Young Archaeologist and Curators’ Club

February 20 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Black Country Living Museum, Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road
Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ United Kingdom
Archaeology equipment

A holiday club for young people with an interest in history and their local history. Learners take part in a range of themed activities exploring the past, including undertaking research, taking part in traditional crafts, object handling, living history interpretation and collections display.

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March 2019

Manufacturing@Work

March 14 @ 9:30 am - 2:45 pm
Black Country Living Museum, Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road
Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ United Kingdom
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Teacher and pupils studying manufacturing

An annual free event offering schools the opportunity to appreciate the important role of manufacturing in everyday life and the world of work, with a particular emphasis on related careers in the local area.

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Manufacturing@Work

March 15 @ 9:30 am - 2:45 pm
Black Country Living Museum, Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road
Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ United Kingdom
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Teacher and pupils studying manufacturing

An annual free event offering schools the opportunity to appreciate the important role of manufacturing in everyday life and the world of work, with a particular emphasis on related careers in the local area.

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Building, Unbuilding, Rebuilding the NHS: A Heritage Study Day

March 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Black Country Living Museum, Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road
Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ United Kingdom
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Photo of the Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital

This study day will explore how the specific architecture, construction, and removal of hospital buildings has shaped public perceptions of Britain’s National Health Service over time. Presentations will reflect on hospital closures, re-openings, and long-standing hospitals, and on their sights, sounds, smells, and construction. We will discuss the material culture…

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April 2019

Young Archaeologist and Curators’ Club

April 17 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Black Country Living Museum, Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road
Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ United Kingdom
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Archaeology equipment

A holiday club for young people with an interest in history and their local history. Learners take part in a range of themed activities exploring the past, including undertaking research, taking part in traditional crafts, object handling, living history interpretation and collections display.

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Family Traditional Easter Egg Decorating

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Various eggs decorated for Easter

For family members of all ages and generations. An opportunity to be creative together, taking part in a fun 2 hour workshop to create hand painted Easter egg decorations.

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