Monday, 21 April 2014

Tales From The Black Country Museum

  • The Black Country Living Museum is an open-air museum of rebuilt historic buildings in Dudley in the West Midlands of England. It is close to Dudley Castle in the centre of the Black Country.

    Places like this this quite frankly see me torn between my Heritage Conservation qualification and love of history , architecture and archaeology. You are stepping back in time and through the countless building you will explore , there are people who will explain the times to you with many actually remembering the times. The houses are complete with furnishings as they were, the ambiance is completed with cobbled streets and the detached small plots of garden, the outside toilets ( I had one at my old Edwardian house) also there is a irony mongers, blacksmiths etc . 

    An absolute much is a visit to the fish and chip soap of which there are two but be prepared to queue can get fish and chips (fried in beef dripping, the proper way my husband tells me , or vegetable oil elsewhere in the village). Years ago you used to be able to buy the batter bits from the when they fried the fish but for some reason they stopped ! so be sure to ask for 'scratchings( the batter bits) if you so wish. 

    At the pub you can  treat yourselves to faggots and peas and all sorts of amazing sweets, cakes and drinks. There's a pub on site, as well as cafes and all sorts of old shops from throughout the ages.There is a cafe which is pricey but you are welcome to bring your own food and eat that at the locations round the museum.

    You are able to take a trip on the canal this a payable extra and is well worth it , who doesn't love the gentleness of a canal trip.

    I feel sad when I see the products and efforts of our industrial past rusting away , but least here it is saved for us to see our imperial heritage.

  • Our past hidden and lost but saved here in the Black Country Museum.

    Take a stroll down an Victorian street.

    You can hear a sermon in the Chapel on special Sundays.

    Ideal for families even with pushchairs though you'll not obviously get a pushchair in some of the small houses , young children might be afraid of the walk in mine where you will don a hat hat and hold a torch ( lantern) and travel down the mine to view animated models describing what life was life working down the mine and how dangerous it was.

    I downloaded a 2 for 1 voucher from voucher cloud ! It's amazing what a bit of poking round in the net will do. I bought the child's ticket separately on line and was able to use the voucher for us adults when we got to the museum. 

    Save money by buying your Museum tickets online
     Ticket typeOn the doorOnline
    Young people (5-16 years)£7.95£7.15
    Children aged 0-4
    Family ticket  (2 adults and up to 3 young people)
    Small Family ticket (1 adult plus up to 3 young people)
    Car parking
    Group rates are available for parties of 15 or more
    Optional canal tunnel trips and fairground rides available at additional charge. (Please note, the fairground is partially closed for servicing and restoration work and will reopen on 1 April.l).
    * Concessions pricing applies to:
    Seniors - 60+; Students with NUS Card; Jobseekers
    Without proof of eligibility, you will be asked to pay our standard admission fee.


    1. It looks like a really interesting place to visit. I love seeing old things that tell a story. Great photos.

    2. I love the pictures- I like wandering around these sorts of places you just never know what your going to find- would love those old chimney stacks for the garden lol

      1. I have got one old chimney pot in the garden * ps I didn't take it from here !

    3. I went there on a school trip when I was about 10 ;) looks exactly the same! lol x

    4. Nice to be reminded what it was like. Good that they have 2 different family prices too, and that it's free for under 5s. Nice to maybe take N there in a few years.

    5. I visited there once as part of my heritage studies and absolutely loved it. Great photos xxx

    6. Great photos reliving a bit of our past. So much history #365

    7. The contrast in the black and white photos is immense, love the one chugging steam.

      Thanks for linking up to Project 365.


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