Black Country Living Museum Partners with Dudley College

Black Country Living Museum has confirmed a partnership with Dudley College for the Museum’s new evening event Red By Night on Saturday 17th May 2014.

As part of their Enrichment Programme, Performing Arts students from the College’s Evolve campus are creating a catalogue of sound, lighting and art to bring the Museum to life in a way that’s never been seen before. Delving into the Industrial background of the Black Country the students have selected the usually unoccupied settings of the Museum’s Trapshop, Blacksmith House, Anchor Forge and Lench’s Oliver Shop to house unique performances.

Laura Wakelin, Director of Communications and Marketing at Black Country Living Museum said: “The Museum is delighted to be working with Dudley College. Red By Night is designed to celebrate the Black Country as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution therefore to be working directly with the local community makes the evening even more poignant.”

Lowell Williams, Principal of Dudley College said: “I’m thrilled that the college’s partnership with the Black Country Living Museum is providing such a unique experience for our performing arts students. It’s exciting to see that Black Country history and heritage can inspire young people to be creative and I’m looking forward to seeing the performances, music and art that’s developed by our students, in conjunction with the museum, for the national event.

Acts during the evening will include light and sound projections within the buildings, stomp-style dance routines exploring the noise of the industrial towns and students embracing the Black Country dialect through thought-provoking drama pieces telling the story of the hard working people of the area who created a turning point in Britain’s national story.

Level 2 Performing Arts Student Jack Fern said: “We are really excited to be involved with Red by Night and have spent lots of time researching the history behind our performances. It’s good experience for us to be able to transfer our skills to a real organisation and work in a professional setting.

“I am from Sedgeley and proud of my Black Country roots. This project has allowed me to get a better understanding of my local heritage and the responsibilities of my family during the 1900s.”

Red By Night is part of the annual Museums at Night festival which sees museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the UK opening up at nighttime to put on a diverse array of events offering visitors the chance to experience culture and heritage in a totally unexpected way.