Friday, 7 October 2016

Black Country Living Museum

Just a short drive away, venturing from the East to the West Midlands is the bygone land of the Black Country Living Museum. A day out and a chance to tick off another place on our 'to visit' list, and experience the Midlands of yesteryear.
My partner has wanted to visit the Black Country Living Museum for as long as I can remember, and the level of persuasion I required to make the trip was 'they have classic cars'.

The strange quaint village consisted of a whole host of different buildings, relocated there from various different places in the local area. Saved from demolition and preserved to provide a window into the Black Country of the past where steam powered workshops and landlocked shipbuilding were the norm. The museum has a rather surreal feel, like walking into the image on a tin of biscuits, with suited and booted guides in period costume walking the streets and running the shops.

The first classic I spotted, much to my excitement, was a Morris 8E. After much cooing over the car which was in great condition and easy to admire. I inquired about the car, asking if it was still running, in the secret hope of being offered a test drive. No such luck!

Later in my quest for vintage vehicles I discovered a small garage showcasing a whole host of classics. The cars featured are the pride of Black Country manufacturing and industry from many long lost car manufacturers including Star, Sunbeam, Jenson, Bean, Briton, Westfield, AJS and Frisky. The collection was seriously impressive, with a great variety of cars on show, my particular favourites included a unique 1924 fire engine and an adorable Frisky microcar.

The museum was a fun, enjoyable day out, with plenty to see and do, be it a trip on a canal boat, a pint in the authentic Victorian public house or a peruse of some locally produced Classic cars and bikes.

To see whats on at the Black Country Living Museum check out their website:

Alice Durose

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