Half Term a Sweet Treat at Black Country Living Museum

Satisfy your sweet tooth this Half Term with a visit to Black Country Living Museum and enjoy childhood favourite treats as the Museum celebrates the re-launch of the sweet shop boiler with a fun-filled week of traditional sweet making and childhood games.

The Museum’s sweet shop takes the name of Thomas Cook, who ran a small confectionary business at 21 Bond Street, Dudley between 1871 and 1901. The skill of sugar boiling has been revived at the Museum, and from Saturday 24 May until Sunday 1 June you can see live demonstrations and experience the tastes, the smells and the shapes of the freshly prepared Black Country ‘suck’ including old favourites like pear drops, acid drops and troach sweets.

Heather Finch, sweet making demonstrator said “the smell of the sweet toffee melting on the furnace is delicious and my favourite part of making sweets is rolling the toffee through the ‘drop machine’ which is like a small mangle, with brass rollers that shape the sweets into ovals, rectangles or even fish shapes.”

In addition to the re-launch of our sweet-shop boiler, visitors will be able to take the rare opportunity to climb aboard a horse & carriage ride around the Museum’s canalside village; follow a special leisure trail around our buildings; try your hand at traditional board and street games; including hopscotch, skipping and skittles and learn about other treats of the past.

Plus on the Bank Holiday weekend, visitors will be able to see the World’s only working Newcomen Engine in steam and enjoy a giggle and a shout with Punch & Judy.

Visitors can save 10% by booking day visit tickets in advance on www.bclm.com

For further information please contact:

Laura Wakelin, Director of Communications and Marketing, 0121 521 3514  laura.wakelin@bclm.com

About the Museum
Established in 1978, Black Country Living Museum is one of the UK’s leading open-air Museums.  Designated by Arts Council England for the quality and national significance of its collections, it is a remarkable place to explore, enjoy and spend time.  Set in 26 acres with over 150 historic buildings and features, and attracting 240,000 visitors each year and over 8m people since it first opened, it offers a glimpse into 200 years of history like no other.  The Museum (a registered educational charity) records and exemplifies the contribution and impact of the Black Country region since the 18th century to the development of the modern industrialized world.  Black Country folk changed the world, and the Museum tells the story of a very special time and place in history and some of the most hard-working, ingenious and influential people you could imagine.  It offers a visitor experience that few others can match. www.bclm.com

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Established in 1978, Black Country Living Museum is one of the UK’s leading open-air museums. Designated by Arts Council England for the quality and national significance of its collections, it is a remarkable place to explore, enjoy and spend time. Set in 26 acres with over 150 historic buildings and features, and attracting 240,000 visitors each year and over 8 million people since it first opened, it offers a glimpse into 200 years of history like no other. The Museum (a registered educational charity) records and exemplifies the contribution and impact of the Black Country region since the 18th century to the development of the modern industrialized world. Black Country folk changed the world, and the Museum tells the story of a very special time and place in history and some of the most hard-working, ingenious and influential people you could imagine. It offers a visitor experience that few others can match. www.bclm.com

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“the smell of the sweet toffee melting on the furnace is delicious and my favourite part of making sweets is rolling the toffee through the ‘drop machine’ which is like a small mangle, with brass rollers that shape the sweets into ovals, rectangles or even fish shapes.”
Pam Perry, sweet making demonstrator
“The delicious scent of freshly boiled sweets is once again drifting through the village. Visit the Museum during Half Term for a fun filled day of traditional sweet making, before of course, trying one or two of the finished product!”
Head of Learning, Mel Weatherley