Here is an opportunity to step back in time; step on the tram, and take it in to town. Stroll around the shops, watch the children whipping their spinning-tops in the street. Talk to the shopkeepers. They will tell you of the benefits of their wares. Go to the cinema, slide down the helter-skelter. Picnic on the canal side with a bag of chips. Watch the pigs in the back-yard of a cottage that is sinking into the ground because of the mine workings beneath it.
The Black Country gained its name in the mid 1800s due to the smoke from the many thousands of ironworking foundries and forges and the nature of the countryside which had been covered by dark spoil from the working of shallow coal seams.
The region was described as ´Black by day and red by night´ by Elihu Burritt, the American Consul to Birmingham in 1862 and other authors, from Dickens to Shenstone, refer to the intensity of manufacturing in the Black Country and its effect on the landscape and its people.
The Black Country Living museum recreates Black Country life in the 1800s and early 1900s. The buildings are original – moved here to save them from development, and costumed staff bring the period to life.