• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
Page
  1. 1
    1
  2. 2
    2
  3. 3
    3
  4. 4
    4
  5. 5
    5
  6. 6
    6
  7. 7
    7
  8. 8
    8
  9. 9
    9
  10. 10
    10

Black Country Museum Local History Coursework

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

History Coursework By Momtaza Warsame The Black Country Museum gives an accurate representation of what life would be like during the late 19th century in this area? How far do you agree with this view? In this essay I will comment on whether the Black Country Museum gives an accurate representation of life in the 19th century. I will also describe our visit to the museum. The area surrounding the museum was once the capital of the chain making industry. The chains used for the Titanic were even made here! The phrase ''Black Country'' originates from the smog that used to plague the area due to the coal mining industry. So much so that the sky was black by day and red by night. The museum covers over 26 acres. It was set up in 1978 and aims to show the lives of working families in 19th century Dudley, covering many aspects of life in a mining community such as schools, shops, churches and of course, mines. Every building in the museum has been taken from its original location and restored brick by brick. In addition, it serves to keep the history of the area alive and educate both the local and global community, as many visitors are from Europe and the US. ...read more.

Middle

As for the building, the room was far too spacious and the windows modernized. This was a clear inaccuracy. The rooms were lit with electric lights, which evidently would not have been available until 1879. Furthermore, the teacher, although quite strict, was not nearly as unapproachable as I imagined. Dunce caps were not used as a punishment and a round of applause followed every correct answer given by students. Schooling dealt with every-day situations All in all this was a generally accurate representation of schooling due to the setting and curriculum. However, the school contained more inaccuracies compared to the mine and other areas we visited. Most houses were semi-detached, an accurate reflection on 19th century housing (See sources on domestic life). Families sharing toilets was the norm. It is important to note that community ties were very strong, especially in close-knit mining areas such as the Black Country. Inside, the houses were packed with furniture. Furniture such as mahogany drawers, glass-fronted cupboards, and silver cutlery were luxuries enjoyed by the wealthy. In contrast, an average miner's home was basic (See source 10). Coal fires were burnt 24/7, hence the smog bellowing out of chimneys that gave the area its name. ...read more.

Conclusion

The prices and actual sweets were true to life; from pear drops to troach sweets, firm Black Country favorites. We were given a demonstration of how sweets were made and packaged. While Mr. Cook ran a professional business many families made sweets part-time to increase the family income. However, some of the sweets sold dated from later periods. Likewise, the prices of some products were rather expensive for a shop catering for the working class. Such few inaccuracies meant T Cook's sweet shop is the most historically accurate feature we visited . T Cook made and sold firm Black Country favorites To conclude, the Black Country Museum is, to a certain extent, a largely accurate portrayal of life in a 19th century mining community. From the costumes of the guides to the actual buildings each aspect of the museum has been carefully researched. That, however, does not rule out errors. There were some trivial inaccuracies that I observed. The school, in particular, contained several inaccuracies. For the most part, the Black Country Museum is a worthwhile educational experience that presents life as it would have been over 150 years ago. In this respect, it represents a time period which shaped not only Dudley, but the whole of Britain. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. Saltaire Coursework.

    could have been a great risk but fortunately for him there were no problems. Salt also wanted a sober workforce as he built no pubs in the village and he prohibited drinking. Titus was a religious man and wanted his workers to follow his example so he built a church for the workers to go to.

  2. The Black Death diary

    We all packed our bags to move into their nunnery as it was a little bigger. Sister Maria died on the night before we set off. We were once again filled with sadness as we walked through the streets. We past a group of people carrying a wheelbarrow full of dead bodies and shouting, "Bring out the dead!"

  1. vietnam coursework

    ambushes and weapons like these which crippled the us soldiers and,made the Vietcong victorious. Also because the guerrillas, were kind and helpful to the Vietnamese peasants , this meant that the peasants, in return gave shelter, food and resources which helped the guerrillas, and it also brought a number of

  2. Fountains Abbey Coursework

    Along similar lines, the monks pledged a vow of poverty. This means they were supposed to be very basic. The grandness and ornate ness of the chapel of the 9 altars shows us they are breaking this pledge, as they are obviously using expensive stone, expensive stain glassed windows and expensive timber.

  1. Public health in Britain during the hundred years from 1850 to 1950

    It is for raising money to wage implacable warfare against poverty and squalidness. I cannot help hoping and believing that before this generation has passed away, we shall have advanced a great step towards that good time, when poverty,

  2. History: India Independence Coursework

    He believed in peaceful methods to solve problems like this. Gandhi started to fast and refused to each anything unless the fighting stopped. This did have an affect as violence in come cities reduced. Even though Gandhi had managed to do this, the government still felt that it was impossible to completely stop the fighting.

  1. The History of Bradford. How Undercliffe Cemetery display the values of the Victorians.

    She begins by saying ?As the commander of an army, or the leader of any enterprise, so it is with the mistress of a house? This woman is trying to explain that although women aren?t superior they still have

  2. History of Medicine Revision Notes.

    Some officers in the army disliked the use of anaesthetics claiming they were ?Not manly enough? Why was Anaesthetics Eventually Accepted? [bg] 1. Because Queen Victoria had used Chloroform during her childbirth ? Anaesthetics became socially acceptable as she said it was delightful.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work