The Black Country as a distinct area emerged in the 1830s, creating the first large scale industrial landscape anywhere in the world – “black by day and red by night”. The Museum tells the story of the lifestyles, cultures, traditions and industries of the people living here from 1850-1950. It is the story of things being made as well as lives being led, and so offers learning opportunities for a broad range of curriculum subjects.
Use our site to undertake a choice of historical enquiry investigations focusing on “real lives, real stories”. In addition to local history studies for all key stages, we offer a range of curriculum linked themed visits. These include Toys Past and Present, Houses and Homes, and Transport through the Ages for Key Stage 1 students studying Changes within Living Memory. Key Stage 2 students can become History Detectives, comparing and contrasting the lives of real children who lived and worked in the region from 1850-1940. An Accident Investigator programme enables Key Stage 2-4 students to explore the impact of industry and social, cultural and technological changes during the 19th and early 20th centuries. A range of museum-led learning experiences can be booked to enhance the visit, including a 1912 Classroom Experience, an Underground Mine Tour, hands-on toys and laundry sessions, canal art workshops and an Investigating Primary Sources session
Celebrating the rich scientific and manufacturing heritage of the Black Country, the Museum also offers a range of full day Design & Technology workshops and STEM focus visits, in addition to our annual Chemistry at Work and Manufacturing at Work events.
Discounted admission for groups of 15+
(We cater for any size group)
• 1 teacher admitted FREE with every 10 students
• FREE preliminary visit for 2 teachers
Please see website or contact for details
Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SQ