Uncover the history of Black Country Living Museum

The Littleworth tollhouse at BCLM once stood in Sedgley

The Black Country Living Museum is well-known for attracting visitors from across the world, but now, local residents can discover more about this fascinating tourist attraction at the latest meeting of Sedley Local History Society.

During the event, held on Thursday, November 10 at 7.30pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Bilston Street, Alan Hallman, from Friends of the BCLM, will be telling the story of the museum from before its opening in 1978 to its latest project – a recreation of the 1930s Old Birmingham Road.

George Blackham, press officer for Sedgley Local History Society, says: “This illustrated history of the site will hopefully jog the mempries of past visitors and encourage them to return. Also, the evening provides an opportunity for potential visitors to see how 26 acres of derelict industrial land have been turned into Britain’s friendliest open air museum.

“Some of the BCLM buildings originally stood in Sedgley Manor, including the Littleworth tollhouse, Brook Street’s back-to-back houses, Pitt’s cottage, the tiled cottage and the Conway garage – a replica of which now stands at the museum.”

New visitors are warmly welcomed, with an admission price of just £1. Annual membership of Sedgley Local History Society costs £5 and gives free access to the annual programme of talks.

Visit the Black Country Living Museum website to take up the challenge of finding Sedgley’s historic buildings in preparation for the forthcoming talk by Sedgley Local History Society.


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