My alternative diary

By chrisphoto

Black Country Living Museum (Back Blip)

Three of us joined twenty-eight others on coach to the West  Midlands for a day visit to this museum. Laid out as a working village the individual buildings have been dismantled from ones in the West Midlands and re-built here. There are houses, shops and industry together with staff and volunteers in clothing of times gone by provide and imaginative living museum. This was brought home to me when chatting with one of the guides who pointed out a particular shop and said that as a young boy he bought his sweets from it – then it was located some 5 miles away When that area was scheduled for re-development the building was dismantled brick by brick, transported here and re-built. Today’s blip is that guide with a group of French school children visiting the UK. Here he is turning the rope for the youngsters to skip. He was fantastic with them.

In extra there is a board that demonstrated how links for chains were made. In the early 1900s this was women’s work and in 1910 the women went on strike “In celebration of the fight to right the wrong of sweated labour”. The second extra is the young baker making bread rolls.

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