Didn't we have a lovely day the day we went to ..... The Black Country Living Museum? We surely did. Yesterday Jill and I took ourselves off to catch a bus to Dudley to visit the Museum, (Joe had been a couple of years ago and Graham was dog sitting). We had a very straightforward journey, one bus, a £1.60 fare and a 5 minute walk and we were walking into this open air celebration of life and work in the Black Country of the 19th and early 20th century. The 'Black Country' is the area west of Birmingham and south of Wolverhampton that was blessed with an abundance of rich coal, iron stone, limestone and fire clay - the stuff that fueled the industrial revolution!
The telegraph in the wheel house at Racecourse colliery
Single cylinder steam engine to wind the cage up and down the mine shafts and pump out water.
Dudley Transport clock
The 'cage' that lowered men and boys down the mine shaft at Racecourse Colliery
We had just been sitting the boatman's cabin aboard 'Peacock' and having a chat.
This rusty hulk (to be restored) is also an icebreaker, or at least it was..
Another view of FMC Peacock with the Strip Mill in the background.
These are solid brass sweet moulds
And this contraption with the moulds loaded is used to roll the confectionery and create the sweets
A posh parlour of 1910
There was so much to see that we didn't manage to cover the whole site but it is so interesting that we will be going back again and as this is a museum that is constantly being added to it is somewhere that would draw me back every couple of years anyway - super place!!