Black Country Museum Car Collection

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On Saturday 26th May 2018, we went with members of our family to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, West Midlands, U.K. For those reading this post who do not live in the U.K. I will tell you that the Black Country (largely located in South West Staffordshire) got its name in the 19th Century because of the black smoke that spewed out of the chimneys of the many industrial companies that occupied this part of the U.K. This was where the World’s industrial revolution first took hold. In the 19th and early 20th Centuries Great Britian held the position that China holds now. Its manufactured goods were exported to all corners of the World but particularly to the burgeoning British Empire.

The Black Country Living Museum celebrates that heritage and gives visitors a dramatic insight into how industry operated in those far off days. It also provides live examples of how the people who worked in the factories lived their lives even down to the pigs in the back garden!

But forgive me, visitors to this website usually come to read about and look at photographs of rare and or classic cars not the socio-economic history of the U.K. Fear not you will not be disappointed –

When I set out on our visit to the BCLM I had no idea that at the end of the day I would be adding a post to this website. I didn’t even take my camera. The following photographs were taken with my wife’s phone. When we got to the Museum and met up with other members of the family, my daughter-in-law greeted me with these word “We have just seen something that you will love -cars!” But she gave no further hint and we embarked on our tour of the Museum grounds and exhibits.

It was only when we were making our way to the exit that I stumbled on a building which houses an eclectic collection of cars. They are so rare that I hadn’t even heard of some of them, I just could not resist taking photos of them but even then the idea of a post on this website did not occur to me. It was only after uploading the photos to my PC and reading some of the descriptions that accompanied them that I realised that these cars were crying out to be featured in a carsceninternational.com post.

So here you are –

Bradburn & Wedge Ltd Car Dealership moved from its original location in Darlington Street, Wolverhampton, to the BCLM site

1930 AJS Four Door Saloon
1934 Sunbeam Dawn

1954 Kieft 1100 (Coventry Climax engine) Sports Car

For our Australian Readers –

Further Reading –

BCLM Car Collection –  https://www.bclm.co.uk/news/the-story-behind-our-cars-reinterpreting-our-vehicle- collection/709.htm#.WwmuQTQvyUk

Bradburn and Wedge – http://www.jbradburn.co.uk/about.html

Kieft History – http://www.historywebsite.co.uk/Museum/Transport/Cars/Kieft.htm

Nick

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