February 6, 2019
A New Year visit to England included a trip to the Black Country Museum in Dudley. Deep in the heart of the greater Wolverhampton and Birmingham area, this site is a tribute to the late 19th and early 20th century coal, barge, and iron mongering communities that were commonplace at the time. There is a fantastic level of authenticity to this attraction, with the cobbled streets, the working period sweet shop, chip shop, bakery, and chain making demonstrations. That I left with my shoes covered in coal dust speaks to the interactive success of the museum. The museum invokes images of a darker and harsher life for "Brummie" people back in the day, and personally, it made me recall my brief visits to Birmingham back in the 1980's when remnants of the region's industrial roots were still in evidence. Buy images here!