The making of the Black Country…

Logo picGet geared up for an exciting 3-month festival celebrating Black Country manufacturing!

Starting in September, the Black Country Echoes Festival aims to showcase our rich industrial heritage with events and exhibitions across Dudley and surrounding Black Country boroughs.

Engines, cars and motorbikes, all manner of steel and ironworks, chains, locks and anchors – the Black Country has been a hub for manufacturing activity for centuries.

This festival offers you the chance to discover more about the people, places and processes that made the Black Country famous for its feats of engineering and sheer scale of production.

Take a look at the dedicated Black Country Echoes Festival website for information on the vast array of events taking place at museums, factory sites and places of interest between September and December.

Or download the full festival programme here.

Visit a heritage open day, archive film screening, family day or themed event and discover who, and what, put Black Country manufacturing on the map.

Some of the highlights in Dudley Borough include:

Factory tours and exhibitions at the Stourbridge glass quarter venues

10th Sept – 3rd Oct:    Echoes of Glass Exhibition with Plowden & Thompson and Tudor Crystal
27th Sept – 31st Oct:    Chance Brothers Fog Horn at the Red House Glass Cone
11th Oct – 8th Nov:    Echoes of Glass at Ruskin Glass Centre
11th Oct – 12th Oct:    Glass Heritage Weekend

Heritage open days

11th – 13th Sept:    Ruskin Glass Centre
11th – 13th Sept:    Dudley Archives and Local History Centre
14th Sept:    Dudley Canal Trust

Movies at museums

27th Sept:   Celebrating motor manufacturing  at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery
28th Sept:    Celebrating motorbike manufacturing at Red House Glass Cone
4th Oct:    “Hand Made Hames” & “Hand Made Bricks”, two films by I.A.Recordings. at Broadfield House Glass Museum
7th Nov:    “Welcome to the Black Country” & “That’s the Way it Was”  at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery

Events showcasing Black Country transport

13th Sept:    Centenary of West Bromwich Buses at the Black Country Living Museum
27th Sept:    Black Country Vehicles Show at Stone Street Square, Dudley
27th -28th Sept:    Parkhead Canal Festival
28th Sept:    Black Country Motorbike Gathering at Red House Glass Cone
18th – 19th Oct:   Stourbridge Navigation Trust open weekend

The Black Country Echoes Festival brings together a two-year programme of work, backed by all four Black Country local authorities (Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Walsall) and supported by funding from Arts Council England.  The Echoes event is a joint initiative between the Black Country local authorities, working with the voluntary, arts, community and business organisations.

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