Black Country Living Museum - The Workers' Institute - desk
This is the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, West Midlands.
The museum was established in 1975, and the first buildings moved here in 1976. Since then a 26 acre site has been developed, with the unique conditions of living and working in the Black Country from the mid 19th century to early 20th century.
It is off Tipton Road in Dudley.
This is The Workers' Institute. Also known as Cradley Heath Workers’ Institute.
The Workers’ Institute, originally from Cradley Heath, stands as a landmark to one of the most significant yet hidden achievements of British labour history. The interior of the Workers' Institute is set in 1935 and the ground floor houses the union offices along with the auditorium where trade union meetings would have taken place in the 1930s.
Upstairs is a memorial exhibition to Mary Macarthur – one of Britain’s greatest union leaders – marking the 25th anniversary of the 1910 chainmakers’ strike. Modern interpretation boards with computer screens tell Mary Macarthur’s life story including standing as the first Labour Party candidate for Stourbridge in 1918.
The 300-seater auditorium hosts costumed performances, living history theatre, education and entertainment activities.
Inside the Workers' Institute building.
A woman staff member talks to a lady on the other desk. Also has the old style telephone.