Hey guys, sorry it has been so long since my last post. After missing just a day the blog suddenly got put on the back burner, it is amazing how routine can be interrupted after just a missing one.
Yesterday, my family and I went to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley. It was amazing. I have always had a thing for Victorian History especially domestic history therefore, I love visiting these types of museums, where the houses are alive and people live and act throughout the town.
We got there and of course, being a family which despises waiting we grew bored of waiting in the cue to go in so, we ordered our tickets online while in the cue and got into the museum (it was a see you later suckers moment to everyone else still in the cue). Walking out of the entrance centre, you could see already, the brick houses with their lattice windows. We walked down the road to a small street with, shops and a few houses, a church and restaurant. Coming over into the street we crossed a canal. You instantly got a sense of how important the canal was to the Victorian Era as it ran directly through the middle of the town.
The shops that were there were amazing and captured the history perfectly. If I remember rightly there was a Sweet Shop, Bakery, Fish and Chip Shop, Chemist and Druggist, Butchers, Laundry and Household shop and a Mechanics shop. Each shop was unique and it was great fun playing spot the difference between present time and then. We had Fish and Chips from the Fish and Chips shops before visiting the Church.
The Church was (I think) a Methodist Church. We were told that even in Victorian times, in a Methodist Church they encouraged Lay Preaching and they had female vicars. To suit the female vicars, the Pulpit’s front was covered as to not disclose any ankles from the women under their dresses, which would have been socially unacceptable and might have made the men in the room a little too happy.
We looked in each house and could clearly see how difficult and simple life was for the poor. There was one family with ten children, of course at the time they may not have been living under the same roof but, that is ten children born and bred in a two bedroomed house. Walking further down we came across the Blacksmiths which was actually quite beautiful, the dust covered objects, all these things trapped in a time gone by.
Going round the back streets of the street we cam across the main point of the canal. So many canal boats were stored there it was unbelievable. This once more, truly highlighted the importance and impact canals had on Victorian England.
We continued to explore the museum and came across a very small cottage, in it was just a kitchen, pantry and bedroom. It was beautiful, the range was burning and it gave an ambient yellow glow to the room warming anyone and everyone who entered. After that we came across the mines. You could explore the mines which, being me I was keen to do. I dragged my dad in with me and with the tour guide and a group of people we entered the mines. I had a panic attack at the first stop because, the entire place went black, pitch black as if I was blind (no exaggeration). After that it was great fun and I found it fascinating to see what it was like throughout the mines.
We ended our visit there and went home. The day was so much fun, it was as if I had walked into a time capsule. The people dressed up around the museum were extremely friendly and I would definitely recommend visiting the museum it truly is wonderful. Happy blogging dudes and dudettes!