Celebrating the Museums at Night Festival at Black Country Living Museum
Bilston, Cradley, Dudley, Willenhall - all towns which help to collectively make up the Black Country, but with no geographical or political boundaries how did they gain this title? Whilst visiting in 1868, American diplomat and travel writer Elihu Burritt described the area as "black by day and red by night" due to the coal fired furnaces and collieries spreading smoke during the day and lit a fiery red throughout the night.
Burritt's description gave the Black Country recognised appreciation as the home of British heavy industry and talented craftsmen. To celebrate the Black Country as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, Black Country Living Museum will be opening its doors after hours for a special evening of Red By Night on Saturday 17 May 2014, showcasing the industrial might of the Black Country in a way that's never been seen before.
With the diverse talent of the Performing Arts Department at Dudley College, the Museum will come alive with psychical theatre, human soundscapes and light projections to tell the story of the hard working people of the area who created a turning point in Britain's national story.
Laura Wakelin, Director of Communications and Marketing at Black Country Living Museum said: "Red By Night is a brand new evening event at the Museum which will allow us to showcase unique parts of the site through never seen before interpretations. Dudley College has created a host of diverse performances to enliven the atmosphere and recreate the glowing Black Country as it was during the Industrial Revolution.
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. Now in its sixth year, the festival ties in with the European event La Nuit des Musees and is designed to attract new audiences into museums and galleries, via a whole range of exciting experiences and events.
Rosie Clarke, Campaigns Officer at Culture24, organisers of the festival said: "The Museums at Night festival offers the chance to experience culture and heritage in a totally unexpected way and we are delighted to include Black Country Living Museum's Red By Night event in our 2014 inspiring after hours cultural events programme."
Tickets are available at half price rates – Adults £7.95 and Children £3.95. Gates open on Saturday 17 May at 7pm and close at 10.30pm. The event is advanced booking only at www.bclmbookings.co.uk or telephone 0121 520 8054.