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The open-air Black Country Living Museums, recreates life in the area after the Industrial Revolution. Spread over twenty six acres the museum recreates the daily lives of working people. You can explore the village, talk with the residents or ride the trams. Play games, make things, and hear stories of both triumph and tribulation.

The Black Country Living 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 1830's, creating the first industrial landscape anywhere in the world. It is this that we rejoice in and want to share with you.

Entrance to the Custard Factory,Birmingham, UK by DaveOnFlickr, via Flickr #england #birmingham

The Clock Tower and Rose Villa Tavern, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.

Great Western Arcade, Birmingham, Christmas 2013.

Railway Arches, Digbeth, Birmingham, via Flickr.

Catacombs. Hockley, Birmingham

Black Country Museum, Dudley, England. This is within walking distance to my husband's family home.

The gatehouse of Aston Hall a Grade I Listed municipally owned Jacobean-style mansion in Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands. Washington Irving used it as the model for Bracebridge Hall in his stories in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon. The hall was designed by architect John Thorpe for Sir Thomas Holte and the construction was completed in 1635.