Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Black Country Living Museum

 going down the mine

 a chainmaking demonstration

what a fascinating place! This is the third museum like this I visited, after the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Northern Ireland, and the Sussex Downs and Weald open air museum near Chichester. The Black country is is an old industrial heartland near Birmingham, collecting houses and buildings from the industrial age, there are canals and mines already part of the terrain, and they added some very interesting buildings, mostly from the 19th century, creating a little village area... some scenes from 'Peaky Blinders' were filmed here apparently and I bought one of the distinctive caps from the gentleman's clothing shop on the little hill overlooking the village street towards the pub....