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Anniversary logo 

24 Jan

We’re continuing our 80 th  year celebrations by revealing a new look anniversary logo.


Ellowes Hall – a great house and its grounds 

23 Jan

MANY of the great houses, where the wealthy industrial magnates of the Black Country once lived, have gone.


Lion lookout 

23 Jan

Visitors to Lion Ridge will be able to get even closer to our big cats as we prepare to install a new lookout.


Poppy Appeal thanks go to generous public 

22 Jan

ORGANISERS of the Kingswinford Poppy Appeal would like to thank members of the public for their outstanding generosity as they revealed 42,034.36 has been raised so far.


Trains and boats and planes: how transport changed Bumble Hole 

22 Jan

THE 1965 popular song Trains and Boats and Planes names the three modes of transport whose remains are all in evidence at Windmill End, Netherton, and one of these modes of transport is still in use for recreational purposes.


Face your spider fear 

22 Jan

Are you terrified of spiders and want to face your fear? Then come and join our Arachnophobia Workshop! We’re hosting our first session of the year on Sunday, March 12 where our education staff highlight the truths about the harmless creatures.


Postcard from Wordsley’s war hospital 

21 Jan

AS BRITAIN went to war in August 1914 there were already plans well in place to deal with the thousands of casualties that were expected.


Bird watching! 

21 Jan

We’re inviting visitors to find out more about our feathered friends as we highlight the Big Garden Birdwatch.


Raising penguin awareness 

20 Jan

We’re celebrating a popular bird species today, as it’s Penguin Awareness Day! The annual event helps raise awareness about some of the climate change threats the black and white flightless penguins are facing, including warmer water pushing them...


Fans queued through the night when Wolves met Albion in the FA… 

19 Jan

BLACK COUNTRY clubs enjoyed mixed success earlier this month in the third round of the FA Cup.


Throwback Thursday… 

19 Jan

As part of our 80 th anniversary celebrations we’re going to be dipping into our archives throughout the year and offering visitors a glimpse of DZG life across the decades.


Sir Vince Cable launches national research project at Dudley College 

18 Jan

Sir Vince Cable former Minister for Business Innovation and Skills visited Dudley College yesterday as an ambassador for the National Students Union (NUS).


DZG remembers Ted Gray 

18 Jan

We’re saddened to hear of the death of Black Country confectioner, Ted Gray, who has been part of DZG tradition for many years.


Appeal for anniversary memories 

17 Jan

We’re hoping to take a trip down Memory Lane for DZG’s 80 th anniversary.


Withyhill Cave 

16 Jan

On 1st November 2015 Dudley Caving Club members Phil, Ian, Brendan, Mark and myself set off for the Mendips to visit Fairy Quarry to explore Fernhill and Withyhill Caves.


Football souvenirs from the days when petrol cost 25p a gallon 

16 Jan

MANY youngsters collected football cards, stickers and other memorabilia but do readers remember these souvenirs from the early 1970s?Raymond Harris of Bilston collected the full set of the Esso Collection of Football Club Badges, and recently...


Zoo to mark 80th anniversary by reopening historic buildings 

16 Jan

DUDLEY ZOO are promising a fun-packed 2017 as they mark the popular attraction's 80th anniversary.


Ellis lands the job! 

16 Jan

It’s a fantastic start to 2017 for Ellis Robinson as the 20-year-old has landed a Trainee Keeper position at DZG.


We’re double nominees! 

15 Jan

Our cheeky black and white lemur, Yoda, has his flag out in celebration as we’ve been named as a double finalist in The English Hospitality Awards 2017.


Warm wild dogs! 

14 Jan

DZG’s five wild dogs are keeping the winter chills at bay in their newly heated outdoor den.


Hola! Barbara 

13 Jan

We’ve welcomed a new female black lemur to DZG as part of a European breeding programme.


First World War refugees found sanctuary in Kingswinford 

12 Jan

OVER the festive season the plight of refugees around the world weighed heavily on the minds of many kind-hearted people.


Stars visit the zoo! 

12 Jan

Panto stars Joe McElderry and Lucy Kay enjoyed some free time meeting the animals at DZG.


Students raise funds for local cancer charity 

11 Jan

Heath and Social Care students handed over a cheque for £446 to help the creation of a 'wig room' enabling those with cancer to have wig fittings locally.


Fishy tale of stuffed one that got away 

11 Jan

I WONDER if any readers could help me to locate this stuffed fish?This fine specimen of a bream weighed 4lb and was caught by my grandfather, a steelworker, of Brewery Street, Kate's Hill, Dudley.


Checks grounds chairlift 

11 Jan

DZG’s popular chairlift is currently grounded as it undergoes its yearly safety check.


Otterly great numbers! 

10 Jan

Psst… Hello! It’s the Asiatic short-clawed otters here, to tell you the zoo’s otterly great news that a grand total of 310,672 people visited us throughout 2016 and 21,373 in December alone! That’s an incredible 31,073 up on 2015’s total ...


DZG is quality! 

9 Jan

DZG staff are celebrating after passing the 2016 Visit England Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme for the fifteenth consecutive year! The VAQAS – Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme – award is issued by Visit England and follows a secret ...


Fruity treats 

8 Jan

Our rainbow lorikeets and roul roul partridges are enjoying some healthy fruit kebabs this New Year.


Birthday greetings 

7 Jan

Altogether now… Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Jorong, Happy Birthday to you! Our handsome alpha male Bornean orangutan is 22 today! Primate keepers have been busy whipping up a tasty ape friendly cake for the ...


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To my 7 year old daughter on the day of #Womensmarch 

21 Jan

To my lovely baby You belong to you.


Further Ed is vital for a healthy democracy: 5 fatal flaws need changing to let it flourish 

17 Jan

I trained to teach in FE in 2004 and since then have had the privilege of sharing the journeys of hundreds of learners as they progress through college and on to bright futures.


Fight austerity, don’t scapegoat migrants: Midlands trades unionists respond to Coyne 

2 Jan

On Monday 2nd January, Unite West Midlands official Gerard Coyne addressed a Birmingham group of supporters as part of his campaign to take the Unite leadership from Len McCluskey.


Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Debate 

14 Dec

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to a debate on corporate governance and social responsibility.


Business, Innovation and Skills Questions 

13 Dec

Margot James answers questions from MPs on subjects including the trends in the number of women on boards and support for the self-employed.


Retail Store Closure: Boxing Day 

13 Dec

Margot James responds to a Parliamentary debate resulting from an e-Petition on closure of retail stores on Boxing Day.


Transforming the Food System – A public talk and short film 

8 Dec

Transforming the Food System – A public talk and short film You are warmly invited to an evening on ‘Transforming the Food System’.


Scottish Questions 

24 Nov

Margot James answers MPs’ questions relating the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Scotland.


Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions 

9 Nov

Margot James answers MPs’ questions in relation to counterfeit and substandard electrical goods, carbon monoxide alarms and opportunities for the development of small businesses.


Margot James responds to debate on workplace internships 

4 Nov

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to the Second Reading of a Private Member’s Bill to ensure all workplace internships are paid the National Minimum Wage.


Margot James responds to a debate on the national living wage 

3 Nov

Margot James responds to a debate on the national living wage which has brought immense benefits and seen wages for the low paid rise more than twice as much as those on average or higher pay around the country.


MP’s Stourbridge Careers Evening less than 2 weeks away 

1 Nov

Local MP and Business Minister Margot James will be hosting her next ‘Aspirations Event’, a Careers Evening, on Friday 11th November at the Glasshouse College in Stourbridge.


Margot James responds to BHS debate 

20 Oct

Margot James responds to a Parliamentary Backbench Business Committee debate on the governance of British Home Stores.


Halloween happenings at Dudley Castle 

20 Oct

Chance to witness ghostly goings on at haunted venue.


Chef Evans, due process, and equality fights 

15 Oct

***Content warning – may be triggering in relation to sexual assault and rape*** I wanted to write something briefly on this in solidarity with the opening up of pain and frustration I have seen from lots and lots of women I admire and value and ...


MP announces 2016 Careers Evening 

10 Oct

Local MP and Business Minister Margot James is hosting her next Aspirations Event, a Careers Evening, on Friday 11th November at the Glasshouse College in Stourbridge.


Leave Means Leave, but only if Donald Trump Wins 

25 Sep

This site has not hidden the notion we DO NOT trust Theresa May's government to get the best deal for the British in our exit negotiations, the reasons are simple, she is a strong remain MP, she loves Europe, worst of all she refuses to introduce any...


Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions 

14 Sep

Margot James answers MPs’ questions in relation to white goods product recall and employment protections.


Faulty Tumble Dryers (Fire Risk) Debate 

13 Sep

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to an adjournment debate on fire risk of faulty tumble dryers.


Harvest 2016! 

12 Sep

Hello Everyone We are excited to be preparing for the Harvest season.


Welcome Back! September 2016 

5 Sep

Hi All The BCFB Warehouse is open as usual, Monday to Friday 9am-2pm.


Vote Elane for FE disabled rep, NEC 

3 Sep

This week ballot papers will arrive for a UCU NEC by-election for FE disabled members rep.


The Single Market CON 

31 Aug

So Theresa is holding a big meeting at checkers, well don't hold your breath on the outcome, as most of her EU loving team want to submit to the EU's threats, made by the EU's autocratic unelected dictatorial masters.


May’s Honeymoon Is Over 

4 Aug

All over the UK good and true Conservatives are worried that the “Remain” team inside this new cabinet will NOT deliver our Exit to Britain's best advantage.


Playing the race card: Smith and working class identity politics 

26 Jul

Women workers’ banner at the black country museum workers institute It wasn’t too many decades ago that it was the tories who attacked the Labour party with the race card – if you want X for a neighbour vote Labour and all of that.


Summer Holiday Storehouse Opening Times 2016 

21 Jul

Hi All The Storehouse is Albion Street will be closed from (and including) Monday 29th August and reopen on Monday 5th September.


Brexit Light 

19 Jul

The new unelected Remain Prime Minister has now been appointed by the party board and all over the UK Brexit voters see no change in the direction of the UK's governance.


If you really want out, VOTE GOVE 

1 Jul

All over the UK following a world shattering referendum result our Government was given clear direct democratic instruction “LEAVE THE EU”, yet inside one week the very remain politicians in the Tory party helped by Labour are now ignoring your ...


Margot supports Theresa May – for a country that works for everyone 

30 Jun

I was delighted to attend the launch of Theresa May's campaign for the leadership this morning.


Nature Returns to the River Stour 

28 Jun

River Stour behind Lion Health Centre Murrays Chemist Thanks to our dedicated and committed volunteers we’ve almost completely cleared the River Stour behind the Lion Health Centre .


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