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About this eventWe are delighted to be returning to the Black Country Living Museum at Dudley in the West Midlands for a day of re-enactor photography recalling the 1930s and 1940s, set against the ideal backdrop of one of the country's premier museums.
The concept of the Museum dates back to the mid-1950s, and in 1966 a special Black Country Museum Section was formed as part of Dudley Museums Department. It was in April 1976 that the idea of an open-air museum first began to come to fruition and West Midlands County Council started a land reclamation scheme in that same year; a preview season demonstrating the future potential of the site was held in 1978. The Museum has since gone from strength to strength and now welcomes over 300,000 visitors each year. It represents the enterprise, trades, products, buildings, living conditions - including the poverty and hardship - and heritage legacy of a region renowned as one of the fastest-beating hearts of the Industrial Revolution.
The Museum has a vast wealth of photographic possibilities, far too many to cover in one day so we will concentrate on specific areas of the site. The Museum is set on 26 acres of former industrial land and makes use of its previous industrial features as well as augmenting this with period streets, buildings, a canal arm and boat dock (linked to the Dudley Canal) and factories relocated from their original venues. Together they recall the industrialized Black Country as well as reflecting in places the semi-rural ambiance that the area retained despite the nature of the work undertaken across its landscape. We will create cameo scenes reminiscent of the industrial Midlands of seventy years ago or more.
We will enter the site at 10.00 and continue until approximately 16.30 hours with a break for lunch to allow reenactors and photographers a breather. These days are always popular, and we look forward to seeing you in Dudley for an Autumnal day of period photography.
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