Black country Living Museum
Visited the 'Black Country Living Museum' back in February. It is an indoor and open air museum spread over 26 acres. Buildings have been reconstructed on site from around the Black Country including shops, a pub(where you can buy a 'cheese and onion cob' and drink ales from around the Black Country), chip shops (chips cooked in 'beef dripping') a cinema and houses, also industrial buildings. There is a high street that has been set up to resemble 1916-1918. The staff at the museum are dressed in the period clothes and tell you stories from the era. They also scare your teenagers, telling them at their age they would have been scrubbing floors, blacking the grate or working down the mine.
Various trams on site that you can ride on from one end to the other. They have a steam driven bus here but it wasn't on show as someone had broken in the week before and stolen the copper piping from it.
Open top tram. 'Shop at the Co-Op', not likely, too expensive.
You can also have a ride on this.
Old petrol pumps.
You can watch an old fashion school lesson or even take part as one of the pupils. I thought about taking part but saw the cane. Didn't want to reminisce that much.
Ink wells, and the jug used by the class 'swot' sorry 'prefect' to pour the ink into the wells.
School ground toys. Spinning tops, marbles and glass stones for hopscotch.
School cloakroom. This looks a lot like one from my early school days. I'm not that old I'm sure.
There is a small old style fairground on site (extra fees apply). Helterskelter and swingboats.
This Brooklyn Cake Walk was built in 1865 and rescued from a scrap yard. Had a go on this. Can't help but think it would be fun to have a go after a drink.
Canal side and workshops. You can have a trip on a boat in high season.
Iron mongers. What night of the week did you have to queue for a bath? Were you the unlucky one who had the water after mum, dad and your 6 brothers and sisters? The only good thing about it was sitting in the bath in front of a roaring fire.
Inside grocery store. You could get anything here.
Outside toilet. Even the thought of it makes your bits want to shrink in the cold. The worrying thing is, if this is 1916, who's been using the newspaper, cos the one hanging up is dated 2010.
Posh pad. His and hers loo. You wipe mine, i'll wipe yours? lol.
Up to date utility room. Washing machine, wringer and sink.
Picture house. Hard wooden benches to sit on. We watched a Charlie Chaplin silent movie in here. With the lights down and film rolling it was a great atmosphere especially as all the young kids were laughing there heads off. Various films shown throughout the day.
Bit blurred, was knocked as I took it. It says: After the performance, please leave in an orderly fashion.
There is a small motor museum on site. The vehicles here are valued at £5,000,000.
A 1903 Sunbeam. Only 5 or 6 of these left. One recently sold for £500,000.
Can't beat a bit of chrome.
We were here for 5 or 6 hours and probably only covered half of it. Its a good job the entry fee incudes a return visit, which we'll do later in the summer. We never did the underground mine tour as it was closed at the time, or had a look around the canal area. We only skimmed through the indoor museum exhibits. I highly recommend a visit to the museum if you are in the area and like to reminisce about the 'good old days'.
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