Monday, 4 April 2011

Blists Hill Open Air Museum Revisited

A few weeks ago, we took ourselves over to The Ironbridge George Museum, for our Sunday out, taking Jenny with us, as well as a nice picnic. Mr S and I had been there over 15 years ago, and the Blists Hill Victorian Town was the one we had visited, and the one we opted for, as it was a lovely spring day, and nice to be outside. Mr S is normally 'couped up' with no sunlight during the working week, unlike myself, and it was lovely to be able to be outside but pop into the various buildings along the High Street. There are many more building there now, and it easy to spend more than one day there. As our tickets cover us for a year, and except for stopping to admire the bridge, this means that we shall certainly return to visit some of the other museums.

Highlights of the day:

Visiting the Draper and Milliner Shop, where Mrs Phillips in full Victorian Mode was entertaining and informative. Mrs Phillips runs the shop, and also is the dressmaker and milliner, and in the ship she also makes costumes on a hand sewing machine, following traditional patterns.

Getting a cone of chips cooked in dripping, and eating them as we walked round the brick and tile works.

Singing hymns in the Mission Church, after having had a drink at the Pub....the small organ was belting out the tunes, as well as some wonderful singers!

Eating hot currant buns from the Bakery. In this picture, the bakery hand is cleaning up at the end of the day...the oven has been cleaned, and a small amount of dough is resting, ready to be incorporated into the next day's batch.

The old iron mongers, other cottages, and the forge were all peopled by costumed guides, working, and also happy to explain things to visitors. There is so much to see and do, and learn.

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