Labour History Review

Public History Review Essay: The Black Country Living Museum

Labour History Review (2001), 66, (2), 243–251.

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The Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley. Tel. 0121-557-9643 (Bookings 0121-520-8054). Website www.bclm.co.uk Google Scholar

B. Trinder, ‘Industrial Conservation and Industrial History: Reflections on the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’, History Workshop, 2, 1976, p. 175 ‘Industrial Conservation and Industrial History: Reflections on the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’ History Workshop 2 175 Google Scholar

R. Samuel, Theatres of Memory, Volume 1: Past and Present in Contemporary Culture, London, Verso, 1994, p. 444. See also K. Moore, ‘Labour History in Museums: Development and Direction’, in S. Pearce (ed.), Museums and the Appropriation of Culture, London, Athlone, 1994, pp. 142-73 Theatres of Memory, Volume 1: Past and Present in Contemporary Culture 444 Google Scholar

E. Hooper-Greenhill, Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge, London, Routledge, 1992, pp. 202-3 Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge 202 3 Google Scholar

B. West, ‘The Making of the English Working Past: A Critical Review of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’, in R. Lumley (ed.), The Museum Time-Machine: Putting Cultures on Display, London, Routledge, 1998, p. 57. Also Moore, ‘Labour History’, p. 159 The Museum Time-Machine: Putting Cultures on Display 57 Google Scholar

See, for example, G. Porter, ‘Putting Your House in Order: Representations of Women and Domestic Life’, in Lumley (ed.), Time Machine, pp. 102-27 Google Scholar

J. Light, ‘Manufacturing the Past — The Representation of Mining Communities in History, Literature and Heritage: ‘… Fantasies of a World that Never Was’, Llafur, 8, 1, 2000, p. 28 ‘Manufacturing the Past — The Representation of Mining Communities in History, Literature and Heritage: ‘… Fantasies of a World that Never Was’ Llafur 8 28 Google Scholar

K. Walsh, The Representation of the Past: Museums and Heritage in the Post-Modern World, London, Routledge, 1992, p. 103. See also P. Wright, On Living in an Old Country: The National Past in Contemporary Britain, London, Verso, 1985, pp. 78-9 The Representation of the Past: Museums and Heritage in the Post-Modern World 103 Google Scholar

Walsh, Representation, p. 104 Google Scholar

Light, ‘Manufacturing the Past’, pp. 28-9. Also Walsh, Representation, p. 104; Moore, ‘Labour History’, pp. 149-50 Google Scholar

R. Lumley, ‘Introduction’, in Lumley (ed.), Time Machine, p. 22, n. 32 Google Scholar

C. Williams, ‘Museums: Centres for Learning, or Disneyland?’, Labour History Review, 57, 1, 1992, p. 9 ‘Museums: Centres for Learning, or Disneyland?’ Labour History Review 57 9 Google Scholar

The Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, Black Country Museum, 2000, p. 2 Google Scholar

D. F. Vodden, The Black Country Living Museum: 25 Years, Stroud, Sutton, 2000, p. 8 The Black Country Living Museum: 25 Years 8 Google Scholar

Black Country Living Museum, p. 2 Google Scholar

www.bclm.co.uk Google Scholar

Black Country Living Museum, p. 14 Google Scholar

Black Country Living Museum, pp. 8-9 Google Scholar

Black Country Living Museum, p. 14. See also p. 10 Google Scholar

Black, Country Living Museum, p. 9 Google Scholar

O. MacDonagh, ‘The Nineteenth-Century Revolution in Government: A Reappraisal’, Historical Journal, 1, 1, 1958, pp. 52-67 ‘The Nineteenth-Century Revolution in Government: A Reappraisal’ Historical Journal 1 52 67 Google Scholar

The classic debate took place nearly thirty years ago in the Review's predecessor, the Bulletin of the Society for the Study of Labour History. See G. J. Barnsby, ‘Chartism and the Miners’ Strike of 1842 in the Black Country’, Bulletin, 23,1971, pp. 33-5; Bulletin, 27,1973, p. 36; C. P. Griffin, ‘Chartism and the Miners’ Strike of 1842 in the Black Country: A Reply', Bulletin, 25, 1972, pp. 66-8 Google Scholar

J. Benson, ‘Black Country and Labour History’, Midland History, XV, 1990, pp. 99-109 ‘Black Country and Labour History’ Midland History XV 99 109 Google Scholar

See, in particular, G. Barnsby, The Working Class Movement in the Black Country 1750-1867, Wolverhampton, Integrated Publishing Services, 1977; G. Barnsby, Social Conditions in the Black Country 1800-1900, Wolverhampton, Integrated Publishing Services, 1980, ch. 2; G. Barnsby, A History of Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council 1865-1990, Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton & Bilston Trades Union Council, 1994 The Working Class Movement in the Black Country 1750-1867 Google Scholar

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Cf. Wright, On Living in an Old Country, pp. 78-9 Google Scholar

 Google Scholar

 Google Scholar

 Google Scholar

Samuel, Theatres of Memory, p. 283 Google Scholar

The Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley. Tel. 0121-557-9643 (Bookings 0121-520-8054). Website www.bclm.co.uk Google Scholar

B. Trinder, ‘Industrial Conservation and Industrial History: Reflections on the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’, History Workshop, 2, 1976, p. 175 ‘Industrial Conservation and Industrial History: Reflections on the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’ History Workshop 2 175 Google Scholar

R. Samuel, Theatres of Memory, Volume 1: Past and Present in Contemporary Culture, London, Verso, 1994, p. 444. See also K. Moore, ‘Labour History in Museums: Development and Direction’, in S. Pearce (ed.), Museums and the Appropriation of Culture, London, Athlone, 1994, pp. 142-73 Theatres of Memory, Volume 1: Past and Present in Contemporary Culture 444 Google Scholar

E. Hooper-Greenhill, Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge, London, Routledge, 1992, pp. 202-3 Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge 202 3 Google Scholar

B. West, ‘The Making of the English Working Past: A Critical Review of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’, in R. Lumley (ed.), The Museum Time-Machine: Putting Cultures on Display, London, Routledge, 1998, p. 57. Also Moore, ‘Labour History’, p. 159 The Museum Time-Machine: Putting Cultures on Display 57 Google Scholar

See, for example, G. Porter, ‘Putting Your House in Order: Representations of Women and Domestic Life’, in Lumley (ed.), Time Machine, pp. 102-27 Google Scholar

J. Light, ‘Manufacturing the Past — The Representation of Mining Communities in History, Literature and Heritage: ‘… Fantasies of a World that Never Was’, Llafur, 8, 1, 2000, p. 28 ‘Manufacturing the Past — The Representation of Mining Communities in History, Literature and Heritage: ‘… Fantasies of a World that Never Was’ Llafur 8 28 Google Scholar

K. Walsh, The Representation of the Past: Museums and Heritage in the Post-Modern World, London, Routledge, 1992, p. 103. See also P. Wright, On Living in an Old Country: The National Past in Contemporary Britain, London, Verso, 1985, pp. 78-9 The Representation of the Past: Museums and Heritage in the Post-Modern World 103 Google Scholar

Walsh, Representation, p. 104 Google Scholar

Light, ‘Manufacturing the Past’, pp. 28-9. Also Walsh, Representation, p. 104; Moore, ‘Labour History’, pp. 149-50 Google Scholar

R. Lumley, ‘Introduction’, in Lumley (ed.), Time Machine, p. 22, n. 32 Google Scholar

C. Williams, ‘Museums: Centres for Learning, or Disneyland?’, Labour History Review, 57, 1, 1992, p. 9 ‘Museums: Centres for Learning, or Disneyland?’ Labour History Review 57 9 Google Scholar

The Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, Black Country Museum, 2000, p. 2 Google Scholar

D. F. Vodden, The Black Country Living Museum: 25 Years, Stroud, Sutton, 2000, p. 8 The Black Country Living Museum: 25 Years 8 Google Scholar

Black Country Living Museum, p. 2 Google Scholar

www.bclm.co.uk Google Scholar

Black Country Living Museum, p. 14 Google Scholar

Black Country Living Museum, pp. 8-9 Google Scholar

Black Country Living Museum, p. 14. See also p. 10 Google Scholar

Black, Country Living Museum, p. 9 Google Scholar

O. MacDonagh, ‘The Nineteenth-Century Revolution in Government: A Reappraisal’, Historical Journal, 1, 1, 1958, pp. 52-67 ‘The Nineteenth-Century Revolution in Government: A Reappraisal’ Historical Journal 1 52 67 Google Scholar

The classic debate took place nearly thirty years ago in the Review's predecessor, the Bulletin of the Society for the Study of Labour History. See G. J. Barnsby, ‘Chartism and the Miners’ Strike of 1842 in the Black Country’, Bulletin, 23,1971, pp. 33-5; Bulletin, 27,1973, p. 36; C. P. Griffin, ‘Chartism and the Miners’ Strike of 1842 in the Black Country: A Reply', Bulletin, 25, 1972, pp. 66-8 Google Scholar

J. Benson, ‘Black Country and Labour History’, Midland History, XV, 1990, pp. 99-109 ‘Black Country and Labour History’ Midland History XV 99 109 Google Scholar

See, in particular, G. Barnsby, The Working Class Movement in the Black Country 1750-1867, Wolverhampton, Integrated Publishing Services, 1977; G. Barnsby, Social Conditions in the Black Country 1800-1900, Wolverhampton, Integrated Publishing Services, 1980, ch. 2; G. Barnsby, A History of Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council 1865-1990, Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton & Bilston Trades Union Council, 1994 The Working Class Movement in the Black Country 1750-1867 Google Scholar

 Google Scholar

Cf. Wright, On Living in an Old Country, pp. 78-9 Google Scholar

 Google Scholar

 Google Scholar

 Google Scholar

Samuel, Theatres of Memory, p. 283 Google Scholar

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Benson, John