On Saturday 24th March, IGers Birmingham and IGers Black Country visited the Black Country Living Museum thanks to IGers UK and Visit England as part of English Tourism Week.
We’ve complied just a few images that showcase just some of what visitors can see. These are highlights from the 300+ images that were taken by the 70 lucky IGers that were able to get spaces on this popular instameet. Visit their account to see the images in their full glory, and you’ll find all the images at #igb_meet_BCLM.
A regular destination of Brummie and Black Country school trips, the BCLM is an open-air museum of rebuilt historic buildings in Dudley, the town that is considered the centre of the Black Country. There is a massive variety of buildings and exhibits, from a school, houses, a mine, shops, a fun fair, dockyard, garage, forge and much much more. The fish & chip shop is a great addition – it may be a bold claim, but IGers Birmingham officially rate their offering as the tastiest food provision of any instameet!
The museum occupies 105,000 square metres (26 acres) of former industrial land partly reclaimed from a former railway goods yard, disused lime kilns, a canal arm and former coal pits.
As well as buildings, there are buses, trams and a barge that visitors can take a trip on.
There are plenty of entertaining demonstrators that bring the exhibits to life.
The idea of the Museum was developed in the 1950s by the Borough Librarian in Dudley and other interested local individuals.
In 1966 Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council set up a Black Country Museum section within their museum department and later with such a high demand from the public and as the range and size of items collected grew, a proposal was set for an open-air museum, where artefacts could be displayed in their true context, as the range and size of items collected grew.
The Museum separated from Dudley Council in April 1976, the staff of six were faced with the task of creating a viable museum on what then was a derelict piece of land with many old mine shafts and a water treatment works.
A programme of land reclamation was started by the West Midlands County Council in 1976 and by 1978 it was possible to hold a preview season to show how the Museum might develop.
In February 2012, the museum’s collection was awarded designated status by Arts Council England (ACE), a mark of distinction celebrating its unique national and international importance.
The Museum has now been open to the public for 34 years and as the UK’s third most-visited open-air museum has welcomed more than 300,000 visitors through its gates each year.
2010 saw the launch of the £10 Million development of the 1930s high street, Old Birmingham Road, which was relocated to the Museum.
Recently, the BCLM has featured in the BBC series Peaky Blinders.
With so much to see and do for visitors of all ages we’re not surprised that by 2010, 7 million visitors had stepped through its doors!
Thank you to IGers UK, Visit England, IGers Black Country, the staff at the BCLM and all that attended. Find out more about the museum and book tickets for your own visit here.