The Black Country has a reputation for its unique sense of humour and local people aren’t short of a few jokes.

We are preparing to make a funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2018 for our project Finding Our Funny Roots which will uncover what people find most interesting and funny about their humour heritage.

We’re asking members of the public to help the Black Country find its funny roots by completing a short survey with the results being used towards the project’s application.

The survey will only take a few minutes and by contributing the public will be helping to shape how we preserve Black Country heritage.

You can find the survey here.

What we hope to achieve with this project, is by sharing what has made different generations of Black Country people laugh – the regional ‘in jokes’ – will track how living in the area has changed over time, make connections between past and present and celebrate the diverse cultures that make up the Black Country. The Black Country accent and dialect is often at the root of its comedy, associated to regional pride and identity, showcasing Black Country language will be key to understanding comedy culture and traditions.

We hope you will take part in the survey and will share the link with your family and friends.

The survey will close on Sunday 5 November 2017.

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