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Making Sense of the Black Country

November 23, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Ramble through this multi-sensory walk across the Black Country’s overlooked landscape, literature and history brought to life by live writers and actors. It will change your perception of this often overlooked, ‘neglected’ region.

The walk weaves together five events focusing on the senses. Starting in St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton, we listen to Black Country sounds. At Wednesbury library, you are invited to do hands-on research during a workshop on ‘linguistic landscaping’, reading stories on public private and official signs in the Black Country. Writers will talk about the smells and tastes of the Black Country at Great Bridge library. At the Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, people will literally be ‘legging it’ by pushing a barge through tunnels.

A spectacular finale at the Black Country Living Museum brings together all the senses. Throughout the walk, people are invited to collect images, sounds and other materials to contribute to a sensory collage to be unveiled at Wolverhampton Literature Festival 2020.

This event is part of ‘The Black Country Unscene’ series organised by the University of Wolverhampton.

Itinerary

The walk weaves together five events focusing on the senses. You can either come to all of them or drop in to whichever ‘stop’ takes your fancy*:

11.00 St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton: poet Roy Macfarlane reads and Penelope Thomas introduces the “Voices and Noises” project

12:00 Wednesbury Orbital, starting from Wednesbury bus station

12:30 Wednesbury Library: Linguistic landscaping workshop with Irina Moore and Judith Hamilton

14:30 Great Bridge Library: Snidge Scrumpin’ smell experiment with Tom Mercer, and writers Kerry Hadley-Pryce, Brendan Hawthorn

16:00 Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust barge ride with skipper who guides you through the history of the canal – including a surprise…

17:00 Black Country Living Museum: people encounter smell and sounds points and have Sensory School lesson that focuses on the history of Christmas.

18:30 Mince pies and mulled wine

19:00 Coach to Wolverhampton Station

* Note: a coach will transport less mobile participants between the different events. As some parts of the walk will move through unpaved territory, you are advised to wear sensible shoes and clothing

In partnership with

The Black Country Living Museum; Wednesbury Library; Great Bridge Library; Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust

Contact email address

s.groes@wlv.ac.uk

Booking required?

Yes


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Description for print
Come along on this multisensory walk across the Black Country focusing on overlooked locations, literature and history. You are invited to collect images, sounds and other materials to contribute to a multi-sensory art work unveiled at Wolverhampton Literature Festival 2020.
Is booking required?
Yes
If your event is part of a series, please put the series title here
The Black Country Unscene
Contact email address
s.groes@wlv.ac.uk
Event partners
The Black Country Living Museum; Wednesbury Library; Great Bridge Library; Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust
Region
West Midlands
City/town
Wolverhampton
Accessibility information
https://www.bclm.co.uk/visiting.htm
Image copyright information
Copyright of image lies with Black Country Living Museum - we have permission

Venue

Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
Tipton Road
Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ United Kingdom
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Accessibility information
https://www.bclm.co.uk/visiting.htm
Phone:
0121 557 9643
Website:
https://www.bclm.co.uk