Black Country museum gives visitors a taste of wartime life

Characters doing a demonstration in the street to the public at the 1940`s weekend at The Black Country Living Museum in Dudley. 301418AM

Mavis and Patrick Tyler dressed in their 1940s outfits at the 1940s weekend at The Black Country Museum. 301419AM

Rebecca Timmins and Dougie Hutton dressed in their 1940s outfits walking down the street at the 1940s weekend at The Black Country Museum. 301420AM

First published in Local

VISITORS to the Black Country Living Museum got a taste of life on the home front during a massive 1940s event.

The museum hosted its biggest-ever re-creation of World War 2 life in the midlands during a weekend of re-enactments and activities on July 19 and 20.

Soldiers were on patrol and children took part in evacuee lessons at the museum’s St James’ school while on the streets outside dodgy dealers touted ration cards which could be redeemed for wartime food like spam fritters.

Laura Wakelin, Director of Communications at Black Country Living Museum, said: “Despite the inclement weather on Saturday, last weekend was a huge success - and our busiest 1940s event to date by far.

“The 1940s scene has grown bigger and bigger in recent years, and that has been reflected in the number of visitors, the majority of whom this year were dressed in ‘40s get-up.

“We now turn our attention from World War Two to World War One as we commemorate the Great War throughout the summer holidays with kids’ drills, craft activities and a themed WWI appearance from Black Country favourite, Fizzog Productions on weekends in August.”

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