Bilston Blast Furnace footage from 1977 featured in Bantock House Museum exhibition


An exhibition which provided a brief history of many Black Country based companies  in words and images, and  encouraged visitors to share their own memories, ran from January to May at Bantock House Museum and featured a short film from our ITV regional collection of Bilston Blast Furnace.

ATV Today: 11.07.1977: Bilston Blast Furnace] (c) ITV

ATV Today: 11.07.1977: Bilston Blast Furnace] (c) ITV

The exhibition, All in a Day’s Work ran from 23 January to 5 May.

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The exhibition description said:

The Black Country was home to many large manufacturing companies that have now moved out, closed down or reduced production. Companies such as Goodyear, Courtaulds, Star Aluminium, Ever Ready, Stewarts and Lloyds, GKN, Rubery Owen, FH Lloyds and John Thompson employed thousands of local men and women and formed an important part of their lives and social culture.

MACE supplied ATV Today: 11.07.1977: Bilston Blast Furnace in which ATV Today reporter John Swallow interviewed workers at the last remaining working blast furnace in the Black Country, Bilston Steel Works.

The plant, nicknamed Elizabeth, was operated by British Steel. John Swallow interviewed workers about their jobs, the conditions and the practice of handing out beer tokens to men in the plant.

To view this short film on our main website, click here.

 

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