1)    The Black Country Dialect

The nearest of England’s local dialects to Old English

2)    Food or ‘Fittle’

Faggots and peas, Groaty pudding and pork scratchings are amongst the Black Country’s delicacies along with tripe and chitterlings.

3)   Drink

There have been many famous breweries in the Black Country including Marston’s, Holdens, Batham’s Banks’s and Ma Pardoes in Netherton

4)    Landmark Buildings

The Red House Glass Cone in Wordsley, The Manor House and The Public (now part of Sandwell College) in West Bromwich, Dudley Castle and Zoo

5)    Famous Names

Dudley comic Lenny Henry, footballer Duncan Edwards and lead singer of Led Zeppelin Robert Plant, Oldbury’s Frank Skinner and Bearwood’s Julie Walters and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac

6)    Football

The two major Black Country football teams are West Bromwich Albion also known as The Baggies and Wolverhampton Wanderers or The Wolves. Walsall FC are nicknamed The Saddlers after the town’s leather trade

7)    Industry

The Black Country was full of foundries, furnaces and steel works with companies like Walter Somers Ltd of Halesowen, Stewart’s and Lloyds of Wednesbury and The Round Oak Steel Works of Brierley Hill. It was said that The Black Country was ‘Black by Day and Red by Night’ with the smoke and soot of the furnaces covering the area by day and those same furnaces shining bright red by night.

8)    Music

Slade were a huge pop band in the 1970’s with hits like ‘Cum on Feel the Noize’ and that perennial Christmas favourite: ‘Merry Christmas’. Judas Priest and lead singer Rob Halford are the Black Country’s heavy rockers. Not forgetting Led Zeppelin: The Best Rock and Roll Band ever.

9) Myths and Legends

Famously a Military Band marched through Gornal and a resident put his ‘Pig on the Wall’ for a better view. Black Country Brewery Black Country Ales award-winning mild, a Black Country sweet dark beer beloved of the foundrymen of the area who drank it to slake their tremendous thirst, is called ‘Pig on the Wall’ in reference to this Black Country Myth. Halesowen has its own legend: ‘Who put Bella in the Wych Elm’ in reference to a mystery murder during the 1940’s.

10) Black Country Day and Flag

Black Country Day is on July 14th and the flag is red, white and black

Admiral Graf Spee

The German Battle Cruiser The Admiral Graf Spee during the Second World War courtesy of Mohammad Syed Khan

Historical Excerpts

Admiral Graf Spee was a Deutschland-class heavy cruiser which served with the Kriegsmarine during World War IL. The vessel was named after Admiral Maximilian von Spee, commander of the East Asia Squadron that fought the battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands, where he was killed in action, in World War I.


She was ordered by the Reichsmarine from the Reichsmarinewerft shipyard in Wilhelmshaven. Her keel was laid on 1 October 1932, and the ship was launched on 30 June 1934; at her launching, she was christened by the daughter of Admiral Maximilian von Spee, the ship’s namesake. The ship was completed slightly over a year and a half, and commissioned into the German fleet on 6 January 1936. She was nominally under the 10,000 long tons (10,000 t) limitation on warship size imposed by the Treaty of Versailles, though with a full load displacement of 16,020 long tons (16,280…

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17.07.2017 – Brand New Website Launch!!

New Media Archive for Central England #MACE website now in place

Welcome to the Blog of the Media Archive for Central England

The countdown is finally over and after months of hard work, we are delighted to officially announce the launch of MACE’s new website. Be sure to check out the title you saw going through the digitisation process in the teasers here.

The Big Reveal!

With a host of new features and sleek design the site has been carefully crafted to enhance the user experience and bring the ever expanding archive to life.

New features include a powerful search engine allowing you to navigate through the collection with precision and ease. Whether you’re hunting down a specific clip for a documentary or researching your family history – the advance search is a tool worth bookmarking!

Our New Homepage

We’ve also created an online screening room, a place where we can get together and show off some of the highlights of the ever expanding collection via theme, locality and decade. We hope this…

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