The Y6 trip to the Black Country Living Museum
By Lia and Bruce
On the 1st of February 2023, the Year 6 classes travelled to Birmingham to experience the lives of people who lived in the industrial revolution and early 1900s. We took a one-hour journey on a coach to the Black Country Living Museum and had the time of our lives! We were split into 3 groups and there were many activities, including visiting the interactive village with shops, houses and buildings. There was also a tram or bus ride, an olden times school where there were real lessons and a boatyard with many attractions.
About 30-35 metres below the ground, we had a tour of the coal mines and experienced what it would have been like to work in one. This tour included mannequins to represent the roles of men and young boys working in mines as well as a tour guide explaining the conditions they had to work in, in further detail. This event was quite scary but highly enjoyable.
Once we had eaten our lunch, we had a bit more time to explore before heading on to the school which was set in the early 1800s. The school was an interesting as it contrasted with our modern-day teachings, we learned to write in cursive using the shapes of pothooks and hangers to form letters.