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Volunteers wanted to tell our heritage story

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: January 05, 2014

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A MAJOR Black Country-wide project is recruiting volunteers to help tell the story of the region's industrial heritage.

Black Country Echoes celebrates the impact that the region has made on the world, as well as the personal stories behind it.

Volunteers are needed to help reach out to local communities and support the development of exhibitions and events in preparation for the Black Country Echoes Festival – an eclectic programme of arts, events and exhibitions taking place between September and December 2014. A free talk is being given at Bantock House Museum, Wolverhampton, on Tuesday, January 14 at 11am which will offer more information about the volunteering opportunities.

As part of Black Country Echoes, a wide-reaching community engagement programme is already underway, connecting with factories, local groups and former industry workers. The team of volunteers will help record their stories, carry out research and create exhibitions for the Black Country Echoes Festival based around people's experiences of working in industry in the region.

All volunteers will be given access to free training related to arts and heritage, including creating an archive, photographing a museum object, curating an exhibition and transcribing oral histories.

There is also the opportunity for volunteers to turn their ideas into exhibitions and events which will be added to the Black Country Echoes Festival programme.

The event is free and lunch will be provided. Booking for the event is essential. To book a place or for further information, please contact me on 01902 550964 or email BCEchoes@wol verhampton.gov.uk.

Stuart Williams,

Volunteer Development Co-ordinator

for Black Country Echoes.

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