Blists Hill at Ironbridge
Watch the world go by over 100 years ago. Of all the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Blists Hill Victorian Town is perhaps the most popular. The open-air museum allows visitors to experience an atmospheric way of Victorian life in the late 1800’s. Life is re-enacted by townsfolk who wear the attire of the day and who go about their daily live’s in the shops and workplaces of this authentic Victorian community. Many have been specially trained with specific skills and crafts and are ready to demonstrate to visitors, exactly how certain tasks would have been done in a small industrial town towards the end of Queen Victoria’s reign, in the 19th century. Popular attractions include steam-powered machinery, a Victorian chemist (the location for BBC2’s Victorian Pharmacy series), the squatters cottage, a schoolhouse and a bank, where you can swap your money for Victorian tokens to spend in the towns shops and pubs.
Black Country Museum
The story of the Black Country is distinctive because of the scale, drama, intensity and multiplicity of the industrial might that was unleashed. It first emerged in the 1830s, creating the first industrial landscape anywhere in the world. It is this that the Black Country Museum rejoices in sharing with you. This is twenty six acres worth exploring! Amazing as it may seem, this is now a ‘place’ – a real and lively place, where once there was nothing and nobody. With a village and charismatic residents to chat with, trams to ride, games to play, things being made and stories to hear. But above all this is about the people - their triumphs to admire and troubles to be thankful that are not ours. A catalyst for thinking and reflection about our own lives.