The creation of this functioning 1940s - 60s historical town with translocated historic buildings will extend and consolidate the Black Country Living Museum’s current historic collection. The project has been carefully detailed and planned in close collaboration with the museums researchers and in house architectural team ensuring historical accuracy.
The project was designed as a collaborative effort between museum researchers and GNA. Individual workshops were established between GNA and the lead researchers, in conjunction with the review of archive historical images and engagement with the public, were instrumental in recreating the original 'feel' of the spaces. An excellent example of this collaborative effort can be seen in the design of the tiling mural in the 1950s Marsh & Baxter Butcher. Through careful research and attention to detail, we were able to recreate the original painting, capturing the essence of the era. By combining the knowledge and expertise of the lead researchers, the insights from historical images, and the input from the public, we were able to immerse ourselves in the essence of the past, striving to recreate the spaces as authentically as possible.