RSS Feed

Tag Archives: ww2 events

Black Country Museum WW2 Weekend


I am soooooo sorry that this post (and others coming) is crazily delayed. To put it bluntly, I not only have my computer in a rather nippy brick shed, but little Betsy likes to come in here and throw my crafting things around. It takes me a good hour to edit photos before even attempting a post, and that is if Richard is here to look after her!

So I thought I would go through my camera card to see what delights we had in 2016 and this was one of them. I have been to the Black Country Museum several times, but never to one of their wartime events. The open air museum is a huge expanse and is also linked to the waterways. Some of you may recognise parts from Peaky Blinders, which used it as a set!

Workshop BCM

Workshop

richard-rubble-bw-web shoe-mender-bw-web

house fire black country museum

Mock fire in the main street. It did make me chuckle howt hey had to aim the water at the brick wall, but it was a nicely done reenactment

You can take a really great tour on the barges through the limestone tunnels that were important networks for the iron industry in the 19th and 20th century. It is an extra fee, but seriously worth it and a nice sit down after all the walking.

caves-betsy-rich-kit-web

caves-betsy-web

limestone tunnels dudley canal

Inside the limestone tunnels

Richard and Betsy

Richard and Betsy

Kitten and Betsy on the Barge

Kitten and Betsy on the Barge

Barge Trip on Dudley Canal

Barge Trip on Dudley Canal

It was lovely seeing the place themed to wartime and the amount of people dressed up in civilian and military! There was a little Land Army set up in a garden, plenty of fabulous vintage vehicles, the old fun fair (extra charges again), a mock house fire in the main street, Churchill making appearances and some vintage stalls. We found the best clothing was in the brick buildings as you enter the museum! The school house had a very interesting exhibit of original clothing and brooches that I was swooning over for a rather long time…

ww2 Women's clothing exhibit

Women’s clothing exhibit

ww2 childrens clothing

The Children’s Clothing Display

ww2 brooches and pins

Brooches and Pins Display

Live music was scheduled throughout the day, but unfortunately we were too busy walking around to see any of it. BE WARNED! There is an awful lot of walking, so if you have young children, prams, high heels, this can get rather tiring. The ground is uneven or stony in many areas. Things are very spaced out, so be prepared. Also, one thing to point out is that by the coal mine, there is a lot of coal gravel. Betsy enjoyed picking these up and her shoes (and Richard’s white trousers) got covered in coal dust. Not a major thing, but just a heads-up to parents.

We had a wonderful day and I think Betsy enjoyed the strange sights and sounds too. There is a little park area that she could toddle about in and she didn’t cry once in the darkness of the canal tours. There are plenty of places to eat and we chose the restaurant after the barge ride. It serves hot and cold food and we ate a little early to avoid the huge lunchtime crowds! So here are a few photos of our lovely day. Maybe you could go this year!

richard-betsy-door-bw-web

Williams Motors motorcycle helmet

Williams Motors motorcycle helmet

land army black country

Land Army

kitten von mew black country museum

Wearing a 1930’s dress coat, 1940’s crepe dress, original hat and handbag.

Kitten and Soldier

This wonderful chap interviewed me at Severn Valley Railway 10 years ago!

house-wife-and-soldier

Having a natter

winston churchill black country museum

Churchill needs longer trousers…

betsy-car-1-blur-web

betsy-carousel-1-blur-web

 

 

Blitz Ball 1st March 2014 at Bournemouth Flying Club


blitz ball 2014

The daytime event may be postponed, but this Blitz Ball is still going ahead! Pre-book your tickets HERE

Proceeds go to Help for Heroes! Hope to see you there!

Performance Dates Added!


With next year being the 70th Anniversary of the D Day Landings, it is set to be busy with WW2 events! You will find my confirmed bookings HERE for 2014, so don’t forget to update your diaries!

You will also notice a commemorative steam train journey on 6th June, which may interest puffer nutters, families and wartime revivalists alike. I will be doing a special post on this journey, but more information can be found at Train of Events in the meantime!

Crich Tramway Museum 1940’s Weekender


For those who have yet to go to this show…you must! Nestled in an old quarry mine, this open air museum hosts tram sheds, a gorgeous Victorian pub, old buildings and trams from all over the country. On entry you are given an old penny that is used to ‘buy’ your ticket on any tram you please and this ticket can be used again and again.

There is always some great entertainment at the show including singers, spivs and a wonderful parade of vehicles too. You will also fine a good handful of vintage stalls offering clothing and housewares, which I always head to first!

I did not take many pictures this year as nowt has changed. I think the most exciting difference was the addition of an open top Blackpool tram with strings of lights. It almost looked like a boat on rails!

Crich Tramway also has a lovely woodland trail for those not wearing heels.

Here are some photos for you…

crich-tramway-museum-photos

Crich Tramway detail photos

vintage-car-kitten-von-mew

Posing with a lovely vintage car!

crich-tram-museum-vintage-trams

Some detail shots of one of the beautifully restored trams

crich-1940s-weekend-soldiers-in-jeep

A candid shot of some soldier in a Willy’s Jeep in the parade

tram-interior-crich

Interior detail of one of the double decker trams

crich-tramway-ww2-weekend-civilians

Some of the lovely folk in their civvies

crich-tramway-george formby

‘George Formby’ entertaining the crowds at Crich

crich-tramway-blackpool-tram

The new Blackpool tram at the museum

richard-and-kitten-von-mew-crich

I may or may not have been a bit over-tired and in a silly mood when having this taken…

 

 

 

New Dates added!


Check out my performance dates page for new Burlesque and singing dates!

War and Peace Revival 2013 – Gallery 1


Here is a small selection of photos from the 1st ever War and Peace Revival! More to come I promise, but I wanted to get these up as I know some of you are chomping at the bit!

It was incredibly hot for the whole week with only a short cloudy burst on the Friday. I didn’t get around the dioramas due to a hectic schedule and feeling as if I were walking through treacle from the heat, but did get to the Vintage Village and the rest!

Kitten von Mew on Miniature Jeep

Miniature Jeep or 60ft woman? You decide! Kitten von Mew at War and Peace Revival 2013. Taken by RvM

Kitten with Military World Magazine

Kitten signing her centre page pin-up poster of Military World Magazine. Taken by RvM

Kitten von Mew and Allo Allo

Kitten with Vicki Michelle and Sue Hodges of ‘Allo ‘Allo! Taken by RvM

Kitten Von Mew Poster Girl

Kitten the poster gal! Check out the monster banner behind! Yowza! Taken by RvM

vintage village display

In the Vintage Village Display watching Beverly teach someone how to darn a sock!
Photo by Kitten von Mew

vintage village textiles

Vintage textile bits and bobs on Bev’s display. Taken by Kitten von Mew

vintage village crochet bra

More of Bev’s display including a wonderful crochet bra! Taken by Kitten von Mew

wet stockings

Wet stocking been dried in the Vintage Village with Mr Mew behind! Taken by KvM

vintage pantry

A vintage pantry display in the kitchen diorama. Taken by KvM

kitten von mew 1940's livingroom

Kitten von Mew in the 1940’s living room diorama! Taken by RvM

toy soldiers

Toy soldiers for sale in the market place. Taken by KvM

ww2 tin toy armoured car

WW2 tin toy armoured vehicle in the market place. Taken by KvM

kitten von mew group shot

Sincerely Yours, Swingtime Sweethearts, Viv the Spiv and Kitten von Mew in the V Marquee

kitten von mew and raf

Kitten von Mew and her wonderful ‘Colonel Whiskers’, her favourite at the events. Taken by RvM

kitten von mew and raf crew

Kitten and RAF crew with one of the model spitfires at War and Peace Revival

More to come I promise!!!

Kent Online and War & Peace Revival Schedule


I came across this lovely article on ‘tinterweb’ tonight so thought I would share! I also wanted to let you know my performance schedule for the War and Peace Revival Show. This is liable to change, but should give you some sort of timings to aim for. There will always be someone on hand to ask in the Victory Marquee!

Victory Marquee

Wednesday – Adult evening performance, time TBA

Thursday – 2 daytime performances (Family Friendly)

Friday – Family friendly daytime performance and an adult evening performance (Time TBA)

Saturday – 1 daytime performance and 1 evening performance (as part of a “floorshow” cabaret with the John Miller Orchestra) – both Family Friendly. Around 3pm and 8.45pm

Sunday – Daytime family friendly performance, around 3pm

 

Jazz Club

Thursday – Live singing slot and burlesque performance from 11pm (time TBA)

Friday – Live singing slot from 11pm (time TBA)

 

I will also be doing picture and Military World Magazine signings, so make sure you collar me when you get the chance, because this will be one busy kitty!

 

See you all there!