Donation Helps Bring Black Country History to Life

Donation Helps Bring Black Country History to Life

29 May 2013


Donation helps bring Black Country history to life

A leading employment and training specialist is supporting the Black CountryLivingMuseum’s Learning programme with a £500 donation. Phil Pemble from Pertemps People Development Group, with centres in West Bromwich, Smethwick, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Dudley, commended the work of the Museum saying it plays a vital part in preserving the heritage of the region.

“Everyone is fascinated to learn all about the past,” said Phil, “in particular how people made a living and how their personal contributions led to the immense success of the Black Country. Our business is to help local job seekers find similar employment opportunities to ensure the region continues to remain one of growth and prosperity.”

“Education is essential in any walk of life but the Museum programme brings a new dimension to learning by delivering a hands-on experience which led to its nomination for support from our payroll giving scheme. There are many business benefits to be gained by becoming a corporate supporter of the Museum and I’d urge other companies to do likewise by getting involved.”

Through its learning programmes, the Museum engages with school children, students and adult learners to bring the history of the region alive. In particular it demonstrates how manufacturing put the area at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and tells why the Black Country became world renown.

Museum Director of Development Carolyn Sankey emphasised the importance of building such partnerships with local and regional businesses commenting: “Innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and a ‘can do’ attitude is what made the Black Country: by working in partnership with today’s businesses, we’re able to ensure that this heritage continues to be a celebration and inspiration for all. We’re delighted that the employees of Pertemps People Development Group have chosen to support the Museum in this vital way.”

The company also previously funded a trip for children from Sandwell Deaf Community Association to enjoy a day out at the Museum through its community support programme.


Press Contacts

For further information please contact: Fiona Carding, Media Relations Executive, Black CountryLivingMuseum. Tel: 0121 521 5692 Mobile: 07901 575995 or Phil Pemble, PR Manager, Pertemps People Development Group: Tel: 07979 517671.

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Caption: Back row: Claire Peake, (Employment Coach), Pertemps People Development Group; Jon Drew, BCLM Learning Programmer; Lesley Ozwell (Multifunctional Trainer), Pertemps People Development Group

Front row: Phoebe Hands, Connor Stevens, Chloe Stevens.

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About the Black CountryLivingMuseum

About the Museum

Established in 1978, Black CountryLivingMuseum is one of the UK’s leading open-air museums. Designated by Arts Council England for the quality and national significance of its collections, it is a remarkable place to explore, enjoy and spend time. Set in 26 acres with over 150 historic buildings and features, and attracting c250,000 visitors each year and almost 8m people since it first opened, it offers a glimpse into 200 years of history like no other. The Museum (a registered educational charity) records and exemplifies thecontribution and impact of the Black Country region since the 18th century to the development of the modern industrialized world. Black Country folk changed the world, and the Museum tells the story of a very special time and place in history and some of the most hard-working, ingenious and influential people you could imagine. It offers a visitor experience that few others can match.