Black Country Living Museum

A little bit geographically removed from our usual stomping ground, we headed up to Birmingham for a family Easter weekend. One of the activities on the agenda was a trip to the Black Country Living Museum. A fan of similar setups like Beamish, we were very excited to see what this museum had to offer. And we weren’t disappointed!

An old fashioned fairground to start – one of us [I think you can guess which one] *may* have been busted with a sneaky hand over the side to slow the helter-skelter pace a little bit…

Helter Skelter

Some gorgeous old trolleybuses to excite the Northerner (plus we’re both secret [and not so secret] transport geeks…)


And this mechanical setup. What even is this, please?! [I think it was a steam-powered truck for towing fire equipment, definitely remember being told it had a lot of horsepower!]

Tractor engine

Making chains in the shipyard foundry – little ones, big ones and some huuuuge ones!

Making link chains

There were the usual attractions of the old schoolhouse, cottages, a church and shops.

View over town

While we weren’t impressed with the old-fashioned sweet shop, we were extremely fond of the amazing fish and chips! [They even rivalled Yorkshire fish and chips, which is the greatest accolade I can give] A great day out, but hint – go when it’s a bit warmer! Brr…

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