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This working Foundry at Blists Hill Victorian Town casts iron most Wednesdays. It’s an amazing sight watching the red-hot metal being poured into the waiting sand moulds.

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.
By re-using existing buildings collections can be displayed more appropriately. The Foundry is a typical example of this. Originally the building was a drying shed for the Brickworks in about 1900. Foundry items from various sources have been brought together under its roof and today it produces a wide range of iron castings, just as a small jobbing foundry of 1900 would have done.

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Comments

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenalmost 2 years ago

    How cool! You always find the most interesting situations or things to shoot! Love this one!

  • Thanks Karen, I do try to get out and about a lot and I always carry a camera, just in case

    – Yampimon

  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012almost 2 years ago

    Love watching these craftsmen at work and those who work with glass – it is so interesting!
    Love Colleen2012

  • Me too, it’s fascinating to see how things are made, the first time I went here they were making the moulds, the next time they were pouring the hot metal, so I got to see the whole process.

    – Yampimon

  • vigor
    vigoralmost 2 years ago

    Great use of s/c on this one!

  • Thank you, the original photo wasn’t far too from selective colour, the glow from the hot metal was the only part with any bright colour in it.

    – Yampimon

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...almost 2 years ago

    10-October-2012

  • Thank you very much for featuring this picture too Jane

    – Yampimon

  • Bevlea Ross
    Bevlea Rossalmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations, wonderful image.

    Your featured can be viewed large Here

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    Bevlea
    A Dash Of Colour

    29-10-12

  • Thank you very much for featuring this picture Bevlea

    – Yampimon

  • EdsMum
    EdsMum10 months ago

    Congratulations – 17th Oct.2013 – Shirley

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  • Thank you very much Shirley

    – Yampimon

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