Black Country Living Museum Deaf Friendly tours

Black Country Living Museum Deaf Friendly tours

BCLM host Deaf Friendly tours for the deaf and hard of hearing visitors throughout the year. Each visit promises to be a sensory explosion of fun and discovery from our Boat Dock tour to an Edwardian Garden tour.

Saturday 12 October -Edwardian School Lesson

Come and take part in a traditional Edwardian school lesson - be sure to be on your best behaviour!

Specialist tours take place once a month on a Saturday from 2pm - 3.30pm. Our deaf-friendly tours are facilitated by a qualified British Sign Language interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing visitors. The BSL Language interpreter works alongside one of our friendly Historic Characters who will support the tour by spoken interpretation.

Each tour begins with an introductory welcome to the Museum in the main visitor reception at 2pm.

Group bookings - please contact us via email

Do you have an UnChained Pass? You can use your UnChained Pass to visit any of the tours (not including special events such as Santa Hunts).

Pay for one day, visit for 12 months. (T&C apply see website for details).

Don’t forget, you can arrive early and explore the Museum then visit Hobbs and Sons our award-winning fish and chips shop, all cooked in beef dripping for an authentic taste of the past. or enjoy other tasty Black Country meals in the Worker’s Institute. Each tour starts at 2pm in the Main Visitor reception, followed by your themed tour in the Museum. Come and learn about the Black Country whilst exploring our Houses, Cottages and Shops, accompanied by your very own historical character as they reveal inspiring stories from the Black Country and beyond.

Other tours include:

· Edwardian School Lesson on Sat 12 October at 2:00pm

· British Sign Language "Santa Hunts" on Sat 21 December at 2:00pm

Book early, and join in the fun on our “Christmas in the Home” tour taking place on Sat 21 December at 2pm, get into the Festive Spirit by exploring Black Country traditions of Christmas past.

Booking is essential - please contact us on 0121 520 8054 (lines open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) or email to reserve your place.

We have 20 places on each tour and they will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. All successful booking will be confirmed via email.
12 Oct 2019 at 2:00am
until 12 Oct 2019 at 3:30am
Tipton Rd

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Black Country Living Museum

An immersive experience from start to finish, Black Country Living Museum is an award-winning open air museum that tells the story of one of the very first industrialised landscapes in Britain.

Set across 26 acres, explore over forty carefully reconstructed shops, houses and industrial areas. Meet historic characters who’ll tell you what it was like to live and work during the Industrial Revolution and beyond.

There's plenty for the entire family to get stuck into:

  • Take a ride on one of our heritage vehicles
  • See daily live industrial demonstrations including brass, chain and nail making
  • Play old-fashioned street games
  • Indulge in the traditional tastes of the past in our baker’s shop, sweet shop and 1930s fish and chip shop
  • Catch a short film in our 1920s cinema
  • Quench your thirst in the Bottle & Glass Inn
  • Find out about weird and wonderful treatments of the past in Emile Doo’s Chemist
  • Test your times tables in a 1912 school lesson
A bit about the Black Country

The Black Country is often seen of a collection of 20 or so towns falling within the four Metropolitan Boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. While no one quite agrees on the exact boundaries of the region, there is one thing we know for certain: Black Country folk changed the world.

They built world’s first successful steam engine; put the first steam train (the Stourbridge Lion) on US soil; fuelled the introduction of the first minimum wage; produced the anchor for the Titanic; practically built the Crystal Palace and so much more.

From the early 20th century onwards, the Black Country region became one of the most industrialised parts of the UK with coal mines, iron foundries, glass factories, brick works and more dominating the landscape. The sheer intensity of industry earned the Black Country a worldwide reputation and its goods were shipped around the globe. But industry at such scale came at a huge cost, and the landscape was turned inside out for its resources. In 1862 the American Consul to Birmingham Elihu Burritt famously described the region as “black by day and red by night” because of the ubiquitous black smog by day and the fiery glow of the furnaces by night.

Up until the 1950s and 60s, the Black Country preserved the physical, economic and social landscape of the earlier part of the century, but eventually the pace of change began to erode the essential character of the region. Following two major waves of industrial development, the last mine in the Black Country closed in 1968, bringing about the end of a unique area, one that is preserved right here at the Black Country Living Museum for you to explore.
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