NATIONAL Lottery players can enjoy free entry to the Black Country Museum for one day in December as a mark of thanks to people who have raised money for the Tipton Road site.

Money from every lottery ticket bought is donated to causes across the country, including the museum's upcoming Forging Ahead development. The Black Country Living Museum has benefitted from more than £7.8bn National Lottery funding since 1994.

The project will the see the museum grow a third in size by 2022 and the addition of new historic buildings, such as Dudley's Woodside library, will take the museum's timeline up to the 1960s.

The free day for lottery players will take place on December 5 and a National Lottery Ticket ticket for draws between December 1 and 8 should be shown to museum staff for entry.

Andrew Lovett, Director & Chief Executive of the Museum, said: “We want to thank National Lottery Players for their contribution in helping to make Forging Ahead a reality. We’re looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors to the Museum on 5 December.

"We hope everyone will enjoy their time with us and that people will be excited to see how our plans for Forging Ahead will transform the Museum as we take our story up to the 1960s.”