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Museum Bites Back at Backpackers Bible

17 May 2011

The latest edition of the ‘backpackers’ bible’ – The Lonely Planet’s Travel Guide, has singled out Black Country Living Museum only as being ‘worth a trip’ to the region, describing the Museum as “a perfect recreation of a 19th century mining village, inhabited by a cast of characters in period costume.”

Museum Director and Chief Executive Andrew Lovett said: “Whilst it’s  great that the Museum has been recognised in this way, the book’s authors have failed to do their homework, omitting a whole host of regional heritage gems from its ‘must visit’ hit list and by getting vital information about the Museum wrong.”

Mr Lovett continued: “Black Country Living Museum illustrates life in the Black Country and a recreated early 20th century canalside village, not a 19th century coal mining village, lies at the heart of the Museum.  On our doorstep we have many heritage gems which deserve a mention including Dudley Zoo which not only has hundreds of animals but has the single largest collection of Modernist Tecton structures in the world. There’s also the 11th Century Dudley Castle, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, New Art Gallery, Walsall and sites of scientific importance including the Limestone Caverns and Wrens Nest Nature Reserve.”

The recently launched ‘Discover Dudley’ website describes the borough as being packed full of great places to visit.  Award winning attractions include fascinating museums, beautiful parks, nature reserves and the life blood of the industrial revolution - a canal network that provides a stunning 'green corridor' through the urban landscape. 

James Morris MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, who recently toured Black Country Living Museum during British Tourism Week to highlight the importance of tourism to the region, said: “It’s very disappointing to see all VisitBritain’s good work undone in this way.  It does make you wonder whether the book’s authors have ever actually visited the Black Country.”

Black Country Living Museum Director and Chief Executive Andrew Lovett said: “The first ever Ordnance Survey maps to include ‘The Black Country’ rolled off the presses in 2009.  I’d like to invite the Lonely Planet’s authors to visit the region in person and help us put the Black Country firmly on the tourism map.”

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