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Black Country Living Museum is a kind of industrial museum, whose mission is to document and commemorate the history of the so-called Black Country - an area in central England between the cities of Wolverhampton and Birmingham. Under the management of the museum, there are two mine shafts and lime kilns, as well as a branch of the transport channel with boats, quay buildings and their equipment. The facility has a total of 80,000 exhibits - from furnishing workers' flats, through factory equipment to antique trolley buses.
The idea of the Museum was born in the mid-twentieth century. Since 1976, the Black Country Living Museum has been an independent institution, which was given over to a neglected post-industrial area for development into an open-air museum. Currently, it is a living industrial district of the city - there are tram lines, shops, pubs, you can rent an apartment or space for a corporate event. The museum is visited each year by 300,000 people.
The Black Country name was created thanks to record indicators of air pollution and ubiquitous soot covering everything. Dudley, the largest city and once the central industrial center of Black Country, which developed processing based on coal, limestone, steel, metallurgy, engineering, textiles and tanning, was called the most harmful city to health in Great Britain.