Back Country Echoes Festival Sep – Dec 2014

Over a Million visitors attended 27 exhibitions and 87 events in 25 Black Country locations to celebrate local Post War manufacturing history. This website is a record of some of the highlights and a testament to the thousands of local people who helped make the festival happen. Memories of working in the factories, the communities that surrounded them and the pride in the innovation and skills in the Black Country working population were celebrated and showcased. We hope this website will be used to continue to spark interest in this rich local heritage and inspire further research and projects.

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Photo Credits

THE FESTIVAL: Nick Hedges
GALLERY: John Bulmer

A massive thank you to:

The ex workers groups who worked hard to produce exhibitions, events and publications about their company for the festival. Also to the local people and groups who brought photographs and items.

The 250 official volunteers who attended training and helped deliver the festival, the unofficial volunteers who helped with promotional events, the 100 or so vehicle Black Country made vehicle owners who turned up to events with their pristine vehicles.

The artists and photographers whose work showing the history of the people, landscape and industry of the region brought the to life this rich heritage.

The partner organisations and venues who worked so hard in their contribution to the programming, promoting and delivery of the festival.