Black Country Living Museum
Dudley, West Midlands
Black Country Living Museum is an award-winning open air museum, set in an industrial canal-side village, where you can see history brought to life and learn what it was like to live, work and shop between the 1800s to 1940s. The Museum tells the story of the Black Country, the world's first industrial landscape during the industrial revolution. You can see live demonstrations of metal working and glass cutting, enjoy entertainment at the 1920s cinema and fairground, marvel over the vintage transport and canal boats, and explore the underground mine.
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Discover West Midlands
After Greater London, the West Midlands is the UK’s biggest county by population, and after London, Birmingham is the UK’s largest city. There’s a lot to seek out here – it has a vibrant culture, with exceptionally good nightlife. Coventry used to be more important than Birmingham, until the 18th century when the Industrial Revolution started and Brum forged ahead.
Apart from Lady Godiva, Coventry is best known for its cathedrals. The medieval parish church became a cathedral in 1918, but the Blitz on Coventry in 1940 left only the spire and part of the walls. After the war, it was decided to build a new cathedral alongside linked to the ruins.
Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, and this history is reflected in its architecture and the Black Country Living Museum, a recreation of an industrial village, with shops and a pub, cottages and a chapel. Stourbridge is also worth a visit, mainly due to its involvement in glassmaking, which has been going on since the 17th century, and is still a part of the town’s culture; there’s a glass museum and a bi-annual glass festival.
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