Monday, 25 July 2016

A Trip To The Black Country Living Museum

The Saturday just gone was the most perfect day to visit the Black Country Living Museum. It was gorgeous weather and neither too busy nor too quiet.

If you grew up around the midlands, it's very likely that you visited the black country museum on either a school trip or a family day out. For those who have never even heard of it, it's a open air museum of rebuilt historic buildings. Focusing on life between 1850-1950, 26 acres of land are filled with various different shops, houses. a church, school, pub, chip shop, as well as buses, coal mines and a fair.

It costs £16.95 on the door, or £15.95 if you book online in advance. It may seem a bit much for a museum, but trust me, it's worth it. 

First of all, we took a quick walk around just to get an idea of where everything was and then we visited the different buildings and looked at them in detail. They are full of original pieces and in a few of them there is a member off staff in character who will talk you through what it was like at the time. Half way through we made a stop off at the 'Bottle and Glass Inn' where I got myself a rum and lemonade (sadly they didn't have coke) and then went to grab a portion of their famous chips each. They are usually cooked in beef dripping - 'the tradition way' - but they can be cooked in veg oil if you ask. We caught a demonstration of chain making, which was really interesting and we did plan on going down the mines, but I wasn't in the right footwear - plus I was a bit scared  of being in an enclosed space. We did however see some gorgeous animals including two little piggies and a horse called Charlie. Before we left, we visited the traditional sweet shop (everything there was vegan apart from the fudge and bonbons) so I got some humbugs and rhubarb and custard sweets. 

We had such a lovely day, it's so interesting to see what it would have been like to have lived during the Victorian era and I'd definitely recommend that if you're ever in the area to take a trip there - it's just a short train journey from Birmingham city centre.

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