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Black Country Living Museum, England

 Black Country Living Museum

Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ

All the information below is from their web site: www.bclm.com 

The Black Country Living Museum is situated near Birmingham and approximately 130 miles from London.  A world class open air museum; brought to life by costumed characters in an array of original shops, houses, workshops and a school and a fair all in their canal side village. 

The story of the Black Country is distinctive because of the scale, drama, intensity and multiplicity of the industrial might that was unleashed. It first emerged in the 1830s, creating the first industrial landscape anywhere in the world. It is this that they rejoice in and want to share with you.

Their award-winning corner of the West Midlands is now one of the finest and largest open-air museums in  theUnited Kingdom. After very humble beginnings, a bright idea and 40 years of inspiration, this is twenty six acres worth exploring. Amazing as it may seem, they have created a ‘place’ – a real and lively place, where once there was nothing and nobody. With a village and charismatic residents to chat with. Trams to ride. Games to play. Things being made. Stories to hear. People - their triumphs to admire and troubles to be thankful that are not ours. Time to be well spent.

They are open from 10am - 5pm every day in summer. Please check their web site for winter hours. You can buy tickets to visit the Museum online here or from their admissions desk situated at the entrance to the Museum. Black Country Living Museum is situated in the heart of the Black Country on the A4037 between Dudley and Tipton. The Museum is well signposted from the M5 and M6. 

The museum is very accessible.

Access Guide

 

About the Museum
Black Country Living Museum is one of the UK’s leading open air museums. Attracting over 300,000 visitors each year to an astonishing 26 acre site just two miles from the town centre of Dudley, it captures and admires the achievements and culture of the region’s past and the extraordinary impact this had on the wider world. With its thriving village spanning 150 years of history from c1770 to the 1920s, canal, tram way, school, public park and fairground, alongside the energy of an industrial landscape of mining, steam power, heavy metalwork and lime kilns, the Museum offers a visitor experience that few others can match. We also have one of the best fish and chips shops for miles around!

Making the Most of Your Visit
The Museum has recreated the conditions of the 19th and 20th centuries, using original buildings from across the Black Country. Access is available to the majority of buildings although many require the use of temporary ramps which are readily available. Please ask any of our staff to help you use portable ramps if you need assistance. Our staff will help you to get the most from your visit so please ask them if you have any special requirements or need additional support. The Museum Site Manager is available to be contacted at any time during your visit. tel: 07788 666 161.
The Museum is able to offer Guides trained in British Sign Language (BSL) to assist groups of 15 or more visitors with a hearing impairment. 

         

       

This service is subject to availability and needs to be booked in advance with our booking office Tel: 0121 520 8054 or email: bookings@bclm.com  Our booking office is open Monday to Friday 10:00am to 4.00pm. Large print site guides are available from the Admissions Desk

Assistance Dogs
Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the site. Water bowls are available at the Workers’ Institute Café and Bottle & Glass Inn.

Carers
Should you require one-to-one care assistance; carers will receive a discounted admission price.

Accessible Toilets
There are adapted accessible toilets in the following locations, as indicated on the site map

 Next to the Café Bar in the entrance building
 Adjacent to Hall of Fame in the entrance building
 Next to Heritage Activity Centre
 In the Workers’ Institute Cafe
 The rear of the Bottle & Glass Inn - this toilet requires access with a RADAR key, available on request in the pub.

Transport 
The tramway runs from the depot outside the Entrance Building to the School which is close to the Museum village.
Being original, the tram is not designed for wheelchair users but can carry visitors who can access steps but may be difficult for those with mobility impairments.
An adapted vehicle, “DORIS”, is available to transport disabled visitors between the entrance buildings and the village. DORIS has tail lift to enable wheelchair users and visitors with mobility impairments to use the vehicle. Signs with information about this service are located near the tram stops. If you require this service please contact the tram driver, any member of staff or the Museum Site Manager Tel: 07788 666 161.

Refreshments


Café Bar - there is level access into this area from the main entrance serving a selection of drinks and light snacks.

Workers’ Institute Café – Access to this café is via ramp to the Left hand side of the building.
The café offers a wide range of food, from Black Country delicacies, to snacks and hot and cold meals.


Hobbs Fish and Chip Shop
Fish and chips, cooked traditionally in beef dripping, can be purchased daily from 12 noon until 3.00pm.The shop is on the Old Birmingham Road and is accessed from a pavement with a dropped kerb nearby. There are limited facilities to eat inside the shop.

The Bottle and Glass Inn
Serves, from 11.00am to 3.00pm (12noon till 3.00pm on Sunday), a selection of traditional drinks including Black Country Real Ale. This pub has two steps at the entrance.

Access is achieved by using the available portable ramps which are kept outside the Hardware Shop, please ask a member of staff for assistance. An outdoor seating area is located in the pub yard where, weather permitting, drinks can be consumed.

Access to Houses, Buildings and Historic Features

Rolfe Street Entrance Building
There is level access at the base of the wide ramp into the Museum Shop and Café Bar.

The Hall of Fame and Exhibitions Halls are easily accessed via a wide ramped walkway.
At the top of the Hall of Fame walkway there is an introductory video about the Black Country fitted with an induction loop system. The audio visual displays in the Exhibition Halls have voice and subtitled information.

Cast Iron Houses There is a dropped kerb from the road to the path outside these houses. Portable ramps are available for use at the rear of the houses.

Underground Mine Trip The guided mine tour can only accommodate limited numbers of visitors. The surfaces are uneven, the walkways narrow and the ceilings very low in places. The underground mine Guides are very willing to support visitors with disabilities but the assistance of at least one strong person is recommended for wheelchair users.
Floor surfaces are difficult for powered wheelchair users.

Toll House There is a narrow pavement outside this house with two steep steps to the entrance. A portable access ramp is available but assistance from the Demonstrator will be required as the ramp is quite large.

Fairground The Fair is sited on an easily manageable hard core surface. There is plenty of space between attractions. Although the traditional fair rides are not wheelchair accessible, many of the stalls are at an accessible height.

St James’s School There is a wooden ramp into the main entrance with level access within
the building.

Old Birmingham Road Level access from the pavement, with a dropped kerb, outside Morrall’s Gentlemen’s Outfitters and Hobbs Fish and Chip Shop, and Griptons Radio Shop. Preedy’s Tobacconists, Harthills Motorcycle Shop and Humphrey Brothers Builders Merchants can be accessed using available portable ramps at the front and rear of the buildings.

The Workers’ Institute
The Workers’ Institute can be accessed by a ramp on the left hand side of the building with an adapted toilet in the yard on the left hand side of the building. The first floor Committee
Room can be viewed via a web camera from the display room on the ground floor.

Folkes Park is next to the Workers’ Institute and is wheelchair accessible with manageable light gravel paths and benches for resting.

Lime Kilns can only be accessed down a very steep canal path with raised sections (scorchers) which make access impossible for wheelchair users and extremely difficult for visitors with a mobility difficulty.

Village
The main street has a tarmac surface but the adjoining Station Road is mainly cobbled with a short tarred strip at the side where children are invited to play with traditional toys and games.

The Back to Back Houses located in Station Road can only be entered via two step levels with very narrow openings. A portable ramp is available to provide access to the front doors but access inside the building is very limited for wheelchair users or visitors with mobility difficulties. The demonstrator in the house will come to the door to interpret the story of the building.

The Limelight Cinema is also located on Station Road and is accessed via the double doors at the far end of the yard. The internal flooring is smooth concrete. Lighting levels are low. Spaces for wheelchair users are available at the front of the theatre.

Many of the shops and houses in the main street have at least one step but a range of portable ramps are available to facilitate access into these areas.
Please ask a costumed member of staff working in the buildings or contact the Site Manager tel: 07788 666 161 if you wish to use an access ramp.
Our costumed staff are available to provide assistance with your visit.
Access to the back of the shops and houses is via alleyways where the Glasscutter and Chemist’s garden is located.
The Chapel has three steps up to the entrance and access for wheelchair users is not possible.
There is level access into Carter’s Yard and horses’ stables but the yard has a cobbled surface.
The Anchor Forge, Rolling Mill and Chainmaker is accessible from the bottom of Station Road. The surface of the ironworks is compacted ash and can be slightly uneven in places.
A portable ramp is available to access the Bakery yard.

Dudley Tunnel and Canal Trip
Access is via a tow path, gradient 1 in 8, between Sidebotham’s Trap Shop and the Carter’s Yard, with a wide tarred middle section suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The Canal Tunnel ticket office is accessible.
There is an additional charge for this Canal Trip. A narrow boat is fitted with a lift for wheelchair access and has capacity for two wheelchairs. It is advisable to book in advance by contacting Dudley Canal Trust on 0121 557 4018 or email: enquiries@dudleycanaltrust.org.uk especially if you intend bringing a group of two or more wheelchair users.

 

Enjoy Your Visit
We hope you find this information useful. If you have any comments or suggestions for improvements please write to
Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ
Tel: 0121 557 9643
Email: feedback@bclm.com 

Additional Information Sheets
To help you make the most of your visit you can download exhibit information sheets from the Museum’s website. These are especially useful for customers who may have a hearing impairment.

Production of these information sheets was enabled by the Museums and Libraries Conurbation Grant Scheme, funded through Renaissance West Midlands (http://www.renaissancewestmidlands.org.uk/ ) and supported by Wolverhampton County Council