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Two members of the Prince Albert Players taken at Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire UK
FUJI HS20

Blists Hill Victorian Town, originally called Blists Hill Open Air Museum, was opened in 1973, and has been slowly growing ever since. The museum’s buildings fall into one of three categories: buildings that were already part of the industrial site (e.g. the brickworks); buildings that simply represent a generic type (e.g. the sweet shop), some adaptively reusing existing premises on site or being replicas of those still standing elsewhere; and original buildings that have been relocated to the museum (e.g. The New Inn public house, which originally stood between Green Lane and Hospital Street in Walsall).

Each building is manned by one or more costumed demonstrators, who have been trained in the skills and history of the profession they re-enact. For example, in the printshop, visitors can watch posters and newssheets being printed. The demonstrators normally talk in the third person, referring to the Victorians as “they” or “them” (rather than in the first person “I” or “we” which some similar museums employ): the museum management believes that this allows greater scope for comparing modern techniques with those re-enacted at the museum. Staff may also be seen performing such diverse tasks as operating stationary steam engines, iron founding and mucking out pigs.

Comments

  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012over 2 years ago

    Love the feel to this one yampi. Well done.
    Love Colleen2012

  • Thank you again, this location has provided me with loads of shots, I’m really glad you like it.

    – Yampimon

  • Sandra Lee Woods
    Sandra Lee Woodsover 2 years ago

    I love this image. I love the toning of the image makes it look so old fashioned. A fave for sure.

  • Keala
    Keala4 months ago

    Excellent shot Yampion!

  • Thank you Keala, Blists Hill is a great place for photography

    – Yampimon

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