|Ironbridge Gorge Museums|
The Ironbridge Gorge is celebrated for its role in the Industrial Revolution. Here in the eighteenth century ironmasters began the mass production of iron and helped to create the British engineering industry, laying the foundations for the railway age in the next century. A surprising amount of this early history can still be seen in the valley today. Furnaces, houses, factories, chapels and works now house collections designated as of national importance. The Ironbridge Gorge Museums show how people lived, worked and created the products in the cradle of industry. In all, there are nine museums that can be visited, as well as the great Iron Bridge, an icon of the Industrial Revolution still spanning the River Severn.
Beamish Open Air Museum
Beamish is unique. We're no ordinary museum but a living, working experience of its life as it was in the Great North at the turn of the century.
Meet people from the past, travel on our trams and vintage bus, venture underground at the Drift Mine, sample the treats at the Jubilee Confectionery, talk to the animals at our farms, down a pint at the Sun Inn or escape from the discipline of the Board School into traditional playground games. Discover life as it was in the 1820's at Pockerley Manor. There's all this to do, to see, to feel, to smell, to touch, to taste.... and so much more.
Set in a picturesque valley, Britain's Favourite Open Air Museum has welcomed nearly 5 million visitors over the past 10 years. During this time we've been presented with both the British and European Museum of the Year Awards.
Come to Beamish. We'll take you and your family back in time for a great day out.
Black Country Living Museum
The Black Country Living Museum deals with the history of the Black Country, the heart of industrial England, with recreated buildings from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries brought to life by costumed demonstrators and trained educational guides. Our mission is: 'Preserve material relating to the story of the Black Country and to communicate that story to the widest possible audience.'
Other open air museums at: Bomis: The Reference/Museums/Open-Air Museums/UK ring