Whether it is for a last minute gift or you are looking for something to enjoy yourself, here are our picks of the best Black Country reads this festive season (links take you to external vendors).

Bella

Something a little strange and stirring from R.M Francis. Bella tells the tale of a small community in Dudley, dealing with the hear-say, myths and hauntings of the local woods. They’re pulled into the site of an unsolved murder, and find a strange, realm where everything is in flux.

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The Black Country: A History in 100 Objects

The story of the Black Country is captured in 100 specially selected objects. Beautiful images and commentary from people from the region combine to create a unique portrait of industry, daily lives and the spirit of the place. Edited by Malcolm Dick, David J Eveleigh and Janet Sullivan.

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It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s

Travelling further afield to The Potteries, Lisa Blower’s collection of award-winning short stories captures the essence of the working class matriarch. This collection makes the bleak funny, and brings to life the silent histories and harsh realities of those living on the margins.

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The Springfield Story

As Wolverhampton’s Springfield Brewery is transformed into a state-of-the-art learning campus, take a moment to reflect on the site’s rich history. This free publication tells the story of the brewery, from 1870s to present day.

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If Destroyed Still True

This photobook is the latest instalment of an ongoing collaboration between poet Liz Berry and artist Tom Hicks. Both create work inspired by the landscape and people of their native Black Country.

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Coming in 2021…

We are very excited about Simon Briercliffe’s upcoming book Forging Ahead: Austerity to Prosperity in the Black Country, 1945-1968. It is set to be published by History West Midlands in spring 2021. In the meantime, read more about BCLM’s Forging Ahead Project.

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New Year, New Opportunities…

Thinking of returning to study in the new year? The University of Wolverhampton is hosting a virtual event for mature learners on Thursday 28th January, 2pm-3:30pm.

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WATCH: A Christmas Treat from Liz Berry and Cerys Matthews

Black Country poet, Liz Berry has teamed up with musician and 6Music host, Cerys Matthews and Hidden Orchestra to create this gorgeous musical reading of Liz’s spine-tingling festive poem Christmas Eve.

BCLM on TikTok

Familiar with #museumbeef and #positions? If not, make sure you check out BCLM’s stellar TikTok content. The museum is one of the most popular museums on the social media platform (348.5k followers and counting!) and it is pretty clear to see why. Black Country history has never been so much lip-synching vintage fun…

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