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LETTER OF THE MONTH

A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

Reading your article on the Black Country Living Museum (February issue) brought back many happy memories of more than 100 visits I have made to the museum since it opened, either as a teacher with groups of children often dressed in ‘Victorian’ costume, or by narrow boat with friends at Easter (when eight grown-ups could be seen egg rolling down the cobbled alley by the pub).

On one memorable occasion, in the dark of the coal mine with a group of ten-year-olds after the explosion, one child shouted out “Bloody hell, what was that?”

My father helped to find artefacts for the industrial workings from Accles and Pollack where he worked.

A good friend of his was the first baker in the shop that is now near the chippy. My grandparents were customers of the chemist’s shop and, as children, my husband and his sister used to stand on the canal bridge and cadge lifts on the narrow boats as they passed under.

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“Don’t let every little feeling be read in your face and seen in your manner.” Queen Victoria certainly took her own advice. But her personal feelings have since been revealed through her diaries and letters, and this issue we ask the celebrated historian Lucy Worsley how these private words have shed light on Victoria’s life and deeds. Plus: the tale of how modest Oxford don JRR Tolkien was inspired to create Middle Earth, an ancient Athenian whodunnit, our A-Z of executions, the most brilliant beards in history, and more.