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donateHow to donate online Donate on the Just Giving website. After you have made your donation, please add a message to let us know your donation is for the Staffordshire Hoard Appeal. How to donate by text … read moreread more
Young people prepare New St Station exhibition (Photo by Kate Green)Midland Actors Theatre Actors to take on roles of people from the station’s past NEW STREET STATION CONCOURSE 7-9 NOVEMBER 2014 (10am – 3pm DAILY) A unique exhibition will be held at New Street Station, … read moreread more
UntitledThis is the story of a small rural parish. It traces the lives of the people who lived there and worked the land, and the impact on them of manor, church and landlord. In exploring … read moreread more
Black Country Living MuseumBlack Country Living Museum’s mine will celebrate its 25th anniversary this month, having taken over 4 million visitors back in time and ‘into the thick’. Our drift mine is one of the few mine tours … read moreread more
3DVisLtd-Draper-Shot-A--pp_HDThe Drapers’ Hall Trust has received initial support* from The Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant of £2 million to help restore the Drapers’ Hall, Bayley Lane, Coventry for use as a small music performance … read moreread more
BCE_Festival_CMYKBlack Country Echoes is an exciting project that is happening now. The festival will celebrate the rich industrial heritage of the Black Country from 20 September – December 2014. Join us for these pre-festival events… … read moreread more
3 Memorial to 3rd Batallion Sherwood Foresters-All Saints Church (Derby Cathedral)During the centenary years of the First World War even the most casual of observers is likely to be inundated with acts of commemoration, remembrance, entertainment and education. The landmark anniversary has seen plans laid … read moreread more
photo-55-760x1024This richly illustrated book examines some aspects of the development of Cromford and Scarthin from the mid eighteenth century. It recognises, as it must, a village largely shaped by several generations of the Arkwright family … read moreread more
vwp-t-r1Victoria and Chamberlain Squares Remembering 100 years ago… August marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, 2 – 4 August. Birmingham plays host to a number of events over the anniversary … read moreread more