Special Event - Year 6 at the Black Country Museum

26 November 2015

On Thursday 26th November, Year 6 visited The Black Country Museum. As a class, we were investigating the turning point in British History – the development of the canal transport system.

We looked at a range of historical maps, photographs and other evidence determine the impact canals had on life and industry in the Black Country and beyond.

After looking inside two of the canal boats, which were used to transport a range of cargo, year 6 couldn’t believe how cramped the living conditions were. They were told that the one family room was the living room, bedroom, kitchen, bedroom and even the toilet.

As well as learning all about the canal systems, we had the opportunity to visit a Victorian school, sweet shop, suit shop, a chain maker demonstration and people’s houses. However, we weren’t too impressed with the toilet in the garden and how they disposed of the waste, especially when the man told us that rhubarb was the best home grown rhubarb around.

"I want to be a blacksmith when I grow up."

"I don’t think I would like to live on a canal boat, it’s way too small!"