Sunday, 15 March 2009

Birmingham Canals "then and now" - Black Country Museum

BCN Images "then and now"
Black Country Museum


When I reviewed Ray Shill's The Birmingham Canal Navigations I mentioned the idea of posting some "then and now" photos from around the BCN, highlighting the changes that have taken place over the years.

One particular image that caught my eye was a photo of the Tipton portal at the eastern end of the Dudley Canal Tunnel, taken from the Birmingham Road bridge. The photo shows the Black Country Museum in its infancy in the late 1970's and the early restoration work completed by the Dudley Canal Trust.


Here is the same scene thirty years later:



For the eagle eyed, Wand'ring Bark is third boat back on the left, tied to the ring in the bridge wall which makes a useful emergency mooring when everything else is occupied.

1 comment:

scott davidson said...

What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LT475.
The image can be seen at wahooart.com who can supply you with a canvas print of it.