Black Country history examined as festival continues

Events are taking place across the Black Country this weekend as the Black Country Echoes Festival continues.

Black Country history examined as festival continues

Film screenings, art exhibitions and motorbike and car shows are among the events lined up.

The festival aims to celebrate the creative and industrial past of the region and is to host events at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, as well as Red House Glass Cone and Stone Square in Dudley Town Centre.

On Saturday the art gallery will host its all-day exhibition Echoes of the Past and the Future, designed to celebrate the work of contemporary artists focusing on the industry which has made the Black Country famous.

Movies at the Museum, starting at 12.30pm is at the same venue and will show short films relating to the region's history in car manufacture.

The life size replica of the Sandwell Fog Horn, which was originally made during the 1920s by the Chance Brothers, will be on display to visitors all day at Red House Glass Cone, offering people a glimpse into the past of the Smethwick based glass manufacturer.

The Black Country Vehicles Show on Saturday at Stone Street, Dudley and the Black Country Motorbikes Gathering on Sunday at Red House Glass Cone, both set to take place from 10am onwards, are to offer those with a keen interest in the automotive industry the chance to get up close and personal with vintage vehicles such as the Simon Engineering cherry pickers, Bean cars and a Guy Otter lorry.

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