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Making Sense of the Black Country

23 November, 2019, 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.


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

* Please 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

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

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23 November, 2019
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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The Black Country Unscene
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The Black Country Living Museum; Wednesbury Library; Great Bridge Library; Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust
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Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
Tipton Road
Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ United Kingdom
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