This website has been made possible through the two separate projects; Documenting the Workshop of the World and Black Country Collections Online.
The Documenting the Workshop of the World project was a three year Heritage Lottery Fund initiative which digitised over 10,000 historical images and catalogued a series of important business records from across the region which, together, chronicle the important role played by the Black Country during the industrial revolution and made them available online through the original Black Country History website.
The Black Country Collections Online project enabled the addition of arts and museums catalogue items to the website and for the further development of the Black Country History website to provide improved searching and browsing faunctionality was funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives council under their Renaissance in the Regions programme with the aim of providing wider access to museum and gallery collections information.
The photographs of museum objects on this website have been taken by many different photographers but mentioned special must be given to Luke Unsworth, David Rowan, Martyn Chillmaid, Christopher Broughton and the Public Catalogue Foundation for their photographic work.
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