To coincide with the conclusion of their end of year exams, our Year 8s once again had the pleasure of visiting the open-air Black Country Museum, dedicated to remembering the role of the aforementioned area in Britain’s Industrial Revolution, as it played host to the majority of factories at the time. At the time this region was known as Warley, encompassing a variety of towns and villages on the 14 mile stretch between Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

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Functioning primarily as a history trip, the students were split up into groups to explore the museum. They visited a memorial site for those who lost their lives and lived around this area, adjacent to which was an anchor, now infamous due to its presence on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. A short tram trip took them to the other side of the site, to learn about the primitive education system in the Georgian era as well as an insight into medicine at the time, including how patients were treated; before seeing the workings of a shop that produced animal traps specifically designed for use in Australia.

They then went on to see life from the other side of the class barrier as they visited the current state of a once-active mine, where they were shown the working conditions of the coal miners who toiled to exploit the abundant resource for which this region became famous. Finishing the day on a lighter note, demonstrations at a nearby canal served to further illustrate the logistical importance of transport links in accelerating the Industrial Revolution.

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