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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Science & Industry Collection
The collections relating to Black Country working life are the most extensive in the museum. They include material from an extensive range of metalworking trades and industries, mining, chemical engineering, construction, wood and leather working collections, and slaughterhouse, bakery and sweetmaking equipment.

The collection of iron founding equipment includes 300 foundry patterns and moulder's tools. There is a good range of locally-made cast iron products, including items from Cannon's of Bilston, and the Kenrick loan collection. There is a large collection of blacksmith's tools and equipment, including a Goliath hammer, an oliver hammer, and the entire contents and actual building of a ten hearth oliver shop from Blackheath Chainmaking equipment has been collected from several local sources, and includes a backyard chainshop and women's chainmaking tools. The museum has good collections in a variety of Black Country metalworking trades, including screw making, edge tool making and sheet metalworking. Large scale manufacturing industries represented in the collections include coal mining, chemical engineering and construction. The engineering collection includes steam engines, pumps, electrical engineering and engineering models. Other trades covered in the collections include cooperage, woodworking, plumbing, leather working and shoe repair. Collections relating to food production include a slaughterhouse, a bakery and sweet making equipment.
Date range of collection
01/01/1930 -
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Suggested Audience
Not Specific
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Location Details

Black Country Living Museum
Tipton Road Dudley DY1 4SQ
Open Map
0121 557 9643
0121 557 4242 
Building Information
unlisted. The buildings are a central part of the collections.
Collections Overview
The museum collects material relating to life and work in the Black Country, usually before a date of about 1950. The collection ranges from the buildings themselves (a whole Black Country small town has been reconstructed from premises brought from all over the area), to workshops, transport (including trams and canal boats), retail premises, houses, a chapel, a school, a pub and a cinema, together with all the artefacts and detailed paraphanalia that go with a project of this kind.
Display Overview
The displays are based on the reconstructed buildings and workplaces themselves, and present everything in as authentic an environment as possible. Costumed interpreters and demonstrators are a central part of the interpretative environment.
Star Objects
"Into the thick" - underground coal mining experience Victorian school room and lesson Replica Newcomen steam engine
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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