BILSTON, Cradley, Dudley, Willenhall – all towns which help to collectively make up the Black Country, but with no geographical or political boundaries, so how did they gain this title?
While 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 at night.
To celebrate the Black Country as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, the Black Country Living Museum will be opening its doors after hours for a special evening of Red By Night on Saturday, May 17, 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.
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."
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 night time to put on a diverse array of events.
Tickets are available at half price rates – Adults £7.95 and Children £3.95. Gates open on Saturday, May 17 at 7pm and close at 10.30pm. The event is advanced booking only at www.bclmbookings.co.uk or telephone 0121 520 8054.