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Family loan Great War mementoes to Dudley museum

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

By John Butterworth

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A GREAT-GRANDSON, who was surprised to find his Great Grandparents' World War One greengrocer's shop rebuilt at the Black Country Museum, has given family mementoes which have gone on display at the tourist attraction this week.

Andrew Adey knew that his Great-Grandmother Gertrude Adey had turned the living room of her home at 39 Lower Lichfield Street, Willenhall, into a shop in 1916 while her husband William was fighting in France in the Great War.

The business thrived for 16 years until it closed in 1932.

But the Adey family did not know until this year that the greengrocer's had been taken down brick by brick and rebuilt at the Black Country Museum in 1995.

When Andrew, aged 54, from Wolverhampton, saw an appeal from the museum asking the Adey family to contact them he discovered that his Great-Grandparents' shop was teaching today's generation about life 100 years ago.

He was so delighted he decided to loan some more mementoes for the display.

Clare Weston, senior curator, said: "We are thrilled with the family's interest and support with the project – it has helped us to bring the shop to life."

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