Was this the birthplace of a revolution that changed the world?


Coalbrookdale is a truly significant place in the history of the Industrial Revolution. It was here that Abraham Darby changed ironmaking by using coke instead of charcoal and his original furnace is preserved as a historic reminder.

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How memories contribute to identity


Memories from a visit to the Blists Hill outdoor museum plus feelings of identity standing in a Cumbrian field have awakened even more intense memories that I am sure have a lot to do with my past 6 months family history research. Rolling all of these things together takes me back to when we had … Continue reading How memories contribute to identity

This is how to meet your ancestors!


Probably the best outdoor museum in England, Blists Hill in the Ironbridge Gorge is a reconstructed Victorian Town where you can relive a typical day in shops, a pub, a working foundry, and even buy fish and chips old style.

England gets a bloody nose!


In my ignorance we visited Upnor Castle in our “usual mode” of being interested in the building and it’s purpose, but unusually for us, without any research into its history or related events. Because of this a bit of a shock was delivered within a few minutes of our arrival! (This is a follow up … Continue reading England gets a bloody nose!

The best outdoors museum in England?


If museums provide a glimpse into the past, then “living museums” are a window into the lives of our ancestors. The Royal Naval Dockyard at Chatham once occupied 400 acres and employed 10,000 skilled craftsmen along the banks of the River Medway in Kent. This is the county of my ancestors flowing back from my … Continue reading The best outdoors museum in England?