The Black Country is that area of the West Midlands in the UK which was thick with smoke at the start of the Industrial Revolution and as a consequence its buildings and washing lines were distinguished by soot. Now the museums in the area have come together to put their collections on line. Hurrah! And you can visit them from your armchair right now. The sampler above is signed Ann Allen her Work Nov 15 1786 and Ann declares herself Taught by Mary Knight.
The sampler above in well-known format of a bible board is captioned Eliz Wright workd this in Mrs Robins's School in Birmingham June 12 1737.
And the one above is a delightful hint that we should all try to think ahead when we stitch and include some personal details for future generations' sake. How about incorporating a photograph of yourself?