Welcome to the Industrial Heritage Network WEST MIDLANDS (IHNWM) page!
Our next meeting is now confirmed!
We’ll be at the Coffin Works on the 8th April – we’re currently fully booked, however do get in touch if you’re interested in joining the network, attending future meetings or would like to be put on the waiting list for the April meeting.
Bewdley Museum is set within a collection of historic buildings including the 18th century Butchers’ Shambles and a Brass Foundry which was in operation from the early 18th century until the 1960’s. A variety of displays illustrate the town’s industrial past such as pewter making, tanning, rope making, hornware and capping. Visit our website for more details and information regarding our events and exhibition programme: http://www.bewdleymuseum.co.uk
The Cider Museum’s scope is national, and portrays the development of cider through the centuries, from rural industry to industrial history. No other accredited museum holds a similar collection. It is an independent charity, set up in 1973. The museum building itself dates back to 1888 when Percy and Henry Bulmer set up their factory and experimented with apple varieties and yeasts, and famously developed sparkling cider using the French Champagne method. The Bulmer’s cider empire was born on this site, and two notable features of the building are the original wood-panelled Boardroom, and the atmospheric champagne cider cellars with 19th and early 20th century machines.
Coventry Transport Museum is part of the Culture Coventry Trust which also looks after the Herbert Museum & Art Gallery, Old Grammar School and The Lunt Roman fort. It houses one of the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles in the world and tells the story of Coventry through the rise and fall of its biggest industry. The collection includes the record-breaking Thrust2 and ThrustSSC; the oldest Coventry-built car, and many of the most innovative and memorable vehicles of the last 150 years. The museum does not only display objects from its extensive auto-mobilia collections, but also showcases future technology, immersive experiences, art installations, and so much more!
Located in the heart of Dudley the Trust engages its visitors with 428 million years of history by taking them on a guided boat tour deep underground. Our knowledgeable skippers tell the stories of the geological wonders that emerged here, pushed up through the earth from tropical sea beds leading to industrial limestone mining and latter 19th century canal and tunnel construction by Lord Ward. These innovations all went on to revolutionise the Black Country in terms of trade, industry and prosperity. Using commentary, sound and light shows and visitor engagement the importance of the area is brought alive for all to enjoy.
Etruria Industrial Museum is the home of Shirley’s Bone and Flint Mill which is the only remaining operational steam powered potters’ mill in the world. Built in 1857 and driven by a 1820’s Watt pattern beam engine with steam generated by a locally built hand stoked 1903 Cornish boiler, it provides the public, students, educationists and academics the opportunity to see and learn about raw material processing in the mid Victorian era. The mill is a scheduled monument with grade 2* listed buildings within a conservation area. It is open and in steam on five weekends year and at other times can be visited by appointment.
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The Museum of Cannock Chase is a great day out for all the family. Located on the site of the former Valley Colliery, the museum is the gateway to the Hednesford Hills Nature Reserve. Experience the fascinating story of coal mining in Cannock Chase and meet the people who worked in the pits in the Mining Memories Gallery.
Based in Kidderminster, the Museum of Carpet celebrates the innovation, design, entrepreneurial spirit and manufacturing prowess of the carpet industry. The museum galleries tell the story of the carpet industry from its roots in the 18th century to modern times while our skilled volunteers bring the production process to life with demonstrations on our Hand and Power looms. Behind the scenes the Museum holds a collection, including original art work by internationally significant designers from Glorget to Lucienne Day and original copies of the Kidderminster Shuttle from 1874 onwards.
The museum is home to over 90 buses. Midland Red, WMPTE blue and cream and the corporation fleets from Birmingham, Walsall, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton are all represented, plus independent operators. The museum also has the largest collection of battery electric road vehicles, including over 30 electric milk floats and bread vans. There are event days on Bank Holiday weekends with a full schedule of running vehicles. On these days you can ride on the classic buses plus the miniature steam railway. Classic bus services also run on every Saturday and Wednesday during school holidays. The museum runs a very successful education programme and is open from March to October.