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|Black Country Living Museum|
|Contact for visits:||Booking office; 0121-520-||Year established: 1978|
|Address:||Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ|
|Email:||info [at] bclm.co.uk|
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|Area of interest:||Black Country - coal|
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|Opening times:||March to October open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day.
November to February open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday to Sunday. Closed Christmas Day.
|Current admission details:||Adults £11.00. Children (5 to 18) £6.00.
Concessions (senior citizens) £9.00. Student £6.00.
Family (2 adults and 3 children) £30.00
|Educational facilities:||Contact museum via booking office.|
|Archive collection:||Contact Curatorial Department|
|Artefact collection:||Contact Curatorial Department|
|Current projects:||Further development of Brook Shaft small colliery, depending on availability of funding.|
|Location:||Tipton Road, Dudley is near Castle Hill at NGR SO 950 912|
|How to get there:||Easily accessible by road, rail, bus and canal.|
|Additional Information:||The museum consists of several sites which represent local life and industry during the 19th and 20th centuries. The centrepiece is the village, which comprises buildings which have been reconstructed in situ. Other sites include an iron works, a canal dock, a tramway and a fairground.
Boat trips take visitors by canal tunnel into the old limestone mines. Electric tram or trolley bus rides can be taken through the museum site. There is a full scale working replica of a Newcomen Steam Engine as used from about 1712 to pump water from Lord Dudley's local mines.
Visitors may explore a full scale reconstructed coal mine showing how a 7 metres thick seam was worked locally. It is entered via a drift entrance. There is also an audiovisual presentation in the mine.
A second colliery exhibit is the reconstruction of the Racecourse Colliery, complete with surface equipment and a steam operated winding engine. A third colliery at Brook Shaft is being constructed to show more modem operations and equipment and it is hoped that eventually visitors may be able to view the actual workings underground.
The museum also contains a well stocked gift shop, a Cafe that can provide a three-course meal, whilst the "Bottle & Glass" pub serves traditional Black Country Ale.
Last updated: 30/10/2017
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