Life During the Industrial Revolution
Year 9 boys and girls spent the day at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, experiencing life in 1900 to enhance their studies of the Industrial Revolution. On a beautiful but cold day and with the help of a costumed character tour guide called Kevin, they discovered much about this time in history as they saw inside a range of houses and shops and went down the mine to find out about work underground.
Pupils experienced a live demonstration by a blacksmith as he created an iron chain piece by piece and when venturing down the coal mine (complete with hard hats) there was little to no lighting and courtesy of a simulated mining explosion, they felt the earth move!
Year 9 pupil Ariel said:
“I had an amazing time and learnt a lot about life back then. We visited a cottage that people would of been living in at the time, it was so amazing to see how they used their limited space but managed to fit everything in. My favourite part of the mines is when a large amount of coal fell and made a bang and the floor shake, this left everyone screaming!”