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Shireland Students Celebrate Black Country Day with The Black Country Living Museum

In celebration of Black Country Day, students were immersed in the rich heritage and industries synonymous with their local history in partnership with The Black Country Living Museum.

Students delved into the lives of the region’s residents across different eras, giving a unique insight into the work and daily challenges faced by the community, both past and present.

Black Country Day pays homage to the cultural and industrial legacy and traditions of the Black Country region, which is nestled right in the heart of the West Midlands, encompassing cities such as Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton, West Bromwich and Walsall. The Black Country is a historically significant area that holds a very special place in the nation’s historical narrative.

The Academy commemorated the day with a series of workshops curated and delivered by the living museum, which offers people an unparalleled opportunity to step back in time and experience the essence that is Black Country life from the 19th Century. Among the activities was rag rug making and canal art, providing students a hands-on experience and in-depth understanding of our region’s past.

The workshops not only helped to impart knowledge about the types of work prevalent in the region across time periods, but also the innovative spirit that has characterised and captured the minds of people throughout the Black Country’s history. The stories of the past help create inspiration for students; encouraging them to embrace their community’s roots and carry forward its legacy and help contribute to its ongoing success.

Both the Academy and Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust hold a deep connection to the Black Country and take immense pride in being part of its community. Celebrating Black Country Day in partnership with The Black Country Living Museum reinforces the school’s commitment to preserving and honouring its local heritage, while continuing to grow and inspire a brighter and even better future of which our students will become the torchbearers.  


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