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Black Country Museum 40s day

Radiorails

master brummie
The methodist chapel is consecrated, so presumably it would be possible to have it there
The consecration of the church would not validate the wedding as far as I know. The Registrar is the person in non State (Anglican) churches who validates the wedding. You can marry in many non-religious buildings providing a Registrar is present to witness the ceremony.
Religious organisations do have some caveats however, whereas other places less so.
 
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ChrisM

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Sounds like a good day and thanks for the images, Mike. And the setting so much in keeping – just like the Seven Valley Railway stations where you could easily be back in the 1940s.

I am always amazed at the effort that people will go to in order to appear in period costume, whether it be civilian or military. They all seem to try so hard to get it exactly right. Especially the military blokes, some of whom have every bit of kit, either in replica or original form, worn by those they are imitating. And as far as the latter are concerned, it's often the more glamorous uniforms which appear: American, German and some British, the latter very often officers who wear good quality material, probably RAF and preferably in tropical kit! Not too many in scratchy, British, other rank uniform – which, as one or two other members of this Forum will join me in remembering, was hell in hot weather!

It always strikes me that the most realistic re-enactments are those of civilians or of the various branches of Civil Defence. It's a question of age. For example, the Home Guard blokes, whether 17 or 70, always look totally realistic, as do the women in their lovely summer dresses and the civilian men in their suits and trilbies. However, seeing a 60-year-old US Ranger with a paunch, laden down with every weapon and other bit of kit under the sun and ready to hit the Normandy beaches, only looks about 98% right to me - but good luck to him and all the others anyway!

Chris
 

Radiorails

master brummie
I see what Chris has observed; it is something I have also noticed at 40's events and in photographs, usually on heritage railways. Back in the days of food rationing - and less indulgence due to financial constraints - people were far less corpulent than today.
Addendum:
Another giveaway, suggesting present day rather than past times, is hair length. Most men did not have long hair and women, in uniform, always had it off the neck. (ladies may describe that better ;) )
 
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ChrisM

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From your pics, Mike, it looks a rather more civvy event than some 1940s weekends. Or was that just your selection of subjects?

Chris
 

mikejee

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Chris
Have not been to many 40s events. In fact, I think the only one was one at Droitwich some years ago, so not sure . There was a fair amount of military activity and a lot of jeeps etc. I took (including mess-ups) 88 photos, and obviously could not put all on the forum. I think I possibly chose the more civvy ones. However, here are a few more military ones. The "Camouflaged" soldier in on photo, I thought was a dummy, as it looked like it . A little kid thought that also, and got a hell of a shock when he went up to it and the guy put his hand out to him !
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