Thursday 4 May 2017

The Black Country Living Museum

On the Saturday of our weekend away we went to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, and as requested I have downloaded some of the photos for you to see.

We started out in the car and vehicle workshops where they maintain and restore the vehicles that they use on site.  A quick ride on the old bus took us along to the other end of the museum to the canal where we looked into the narrow boats and barges.  The top photo of LH was taken there.

Then we had a wander around the old houses, there are various styles including a couple of back to backs, one up one down houses, which were fascinating.  To think that whole families of seven or nine had lived this way is astonishing especially when you think how families expect every child to have a room of its own these days!!

The house in these photos was a little bit later and was a 'two up, two down'.

I love seeing all the pots, pans and utensils that I still use today in their original settings.

The living room of the same house ... we are a lot more modern than this at home  ;-)

Then we decided to rest our legs for a while and sample the local ales in the sawdust floored pub.

Before moving along to the shops.

Lots to see ....

... some of the shops sold bits and bobs of everything ...

...while others just sold food. 

The fruit and vegetables were available to buy.  I was in awe of the huge onions, much bigger than I have ever managed to grow!!

A big block of butter ready to be sold in portion sized pieces.

LH had a good look at the tool in the hardware shop :-)

Then we bought fish, chips and huge pickled onions for our lunch and sat on the bench opposite the shops to eat them, watching the workers and volunteers from the museum in costume also queueing up to buy their lunch from the chippy.

Later two little piggy's got stuck into their dinner of pignuts, completely oblivious to us watching them.

It was a really good day out, at the moment they are converting day tickets to year long access tickets, so if you live within regular visiting distance it is well worth getting yourself a ticket to go.  Visit the website here for more pictures and lots of information.

Sue xx


  1. I love this! Have you been to the Museum of Welsh Life? We loved it! How times change eh?

  2. yikes sue go easy on the chips when we went they were fried in beef dripping dont think vegans eat that regards tessa

  3. I very much want to visit this museum if I'm ever in the area. One of the first things I found out when I started researching my family tree was that 4 generations or so back on my maternal grandfather's side were all chain or nail makers - mostly in the vicinity of Lye, and I want to find out a bit more about how they lived.

  4. Looks like a place i would love to visit, always love lifestyle museums.

  5. I lived on the edge of Wolverhampton for many years when I taught there. A friend had a shop in the Museum and a lot of period clothes. She used to take portrait photographs of people in the clothes of the day - she did this for many years but no longer.

  6. This looks a fascinating place to visit. I love history and would really enjoy this - thanks for sharing the pictures.

  7. We have been there too Sue and loved it. A ride in the old bus, and around the little terraced houses. Wonderful. We had a great day out too. Glad you enjoyed it. Ann x

  8. Newark was the location of "Fleur de Lys" who used to have all these replica old vans kicking around. Long gone. They really used to brighten the town up.

  9. We've been a couple of times, the last time we got in for free by arriving by canal boat!
    I'd like to vist on their WWII weekend - health permitting

  10. A wonderful peek at history and something I would love to see in person. Enjoy your weekend!

  11. This is similar to Beemish up North and Blist's Hill near Telford - I love these places I didn't know about this one though - will add to my list of places to go.

  12. I love looking at how people lived at one time. It sure is an eye opener.

    God bless.

  13. What a lovely place to visit. I love the kitchen !


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