Former Black Country landmarks to be rebuilt at Living Museum

Former Black Country landmarks will be recreated by the Living Museum as part of plans to build an entire historic town.

Photographs of Wolverhampton's former Elephant & Castle pub, that was controversially demolished in 2001, will be used to recreate its distinctive Edwardian features.

Black Country Living Museum was granted the the final go ahead to begin the £23m development project called, 'BCLM: Forging Ahead'.

Work will start in August, thanks to confirmation of £9.4m of funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund, alongside existing funding from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and Arts Council England.

Designs of Credit: Black Country Living Museum

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands said: “BCLM: Forging Ahead highlights the Museum’s ambition to create a real jewel in the crown in the Black Country.

"Once complete, this project will create opportunities for new jobs, volunteering and skills development during what is an economic renaissance for the region.

"The Black Country has an incredibly rich heritage and it is great the Museum portrays it so well.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Whilst the Forging Ahead project will recreate and translocate a number of buildings of historical significance to the Black Country, heritage is not just about bricks and mortar, but the stories that are created within them.

"We are delighted that National Lottery funding will not only preserve these fascinating buildings, such as the Gas Showroom, the Elephant & Castle pub and the Library, but also the memories that they hold, and ensure that they will not be lost but shared and built upon by future generations.”

Lowell Williams, Chair of the Museum comments: “We are absolutely delighted to secure this funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and would very much like to thank National Lottery players for making such support possible.

"After an 18 month development phase in which we have honed and refined our plans, we are confident that this project is the best it can be and we’re excited to actually get started on it this summer.”

Ninder Johal, Board Member of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) adds: “This project will play a major role in the regeneration of Dudley - strengthening the visitor economy, creating circa 143 jobs within our local area and raising the profile of the region as a place to live, work, learn, visit and invest.”