Chain of memories at the Black Country Museum

Chain of memories at the Black Country Museum

It was a complete treat working at the Black Country Living Museum on four summer Thursdays this year. While the children got busy making little books, maps and concertina booklets to record their visits –

Man with hammer...

Man with hammer…

plus fire

plus fire…

makes a nail

makes a nail!

I invited adults to write on links for a paper chain of memories about work in previous generations in their families. Some amazing stories emerged – 350 years’ of soldiering – that’s as far back as the Great Fire of London in 1666!


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Less laborious than the real chainmaking outdoors, our chain of memories kept on growing and growing. This was after two days. Eventually it hung around two walls.