THE Black Country Living Museum announced this week that it will be launching 15 new characters in the autumn to help students with the revised 2014 national curriculum.
In addition to the Museum’s already strong stable of period demonstrators, the new characters will paint an in-depth picture of life in the 1900s and form the backbone of a Key Stage 2 learning engagement for schools, encouraging children to relate to people who lived in the past.
Real lives and real stories are depicted and history education takes one step closer to the present day as parallels are drawn between now and then.
These colourful personalities, in authentic period costume, encompass a wide variety of regional life.
They include a doctor, an undertaker, a chimney sweep, a flower seller, a pie man, a post woman, a Salvation Army character, a canal boatwoman, a widower, a midwife, street sellers, a working man and a pit bonk wench.
Each character has a fascinating tale to tell of life in the early 1900s and each brings Black Country memories and voices flooding back.
Mel Weatherley, Head of Learning, said: “This exciting new learning resource encourages independent thinking and query, and the development of listening and oral skills.
“Each character represents a real life and a real story and each provides opportunities for students to ask, and find answers to, valid historical questions,” added Mel.
Visitors and school groups will be able to catch more regular sightings of the new characters from September onwards.
Bookings can be made through the Museum’s ticket office on 0121 520 8054 or via the Museum’s website at HYPERLINK "http://www.bclm.com"www.bclm .com