What do you remember about shopping in Wolverhampton? Do you remember Beatties toy department at Christmas? Or Snapes coffee shop?
Over the last six months Wolverhampton’s Central Youth Theatre (CYT) has been working with a group of adult volu nteers to do something very different.
The group have been collecting the oral histories of shoppers, traders and retailers about their memories of Wolverhampton shopping history from the 1940s to the present day.
They have collated all of these memories into an exhibition that is being held inside the Mander Centre today until Saturday (September 21).
Project Co-ordinator Joseph Twilley said: “We first started dreaming up the idea of Our Town around 12 months ago, when our Youth Theatre moved our vast costume collection to the former Antique Market Hall in Salop Street.
“The Antiques building had been empty for a number of years, and we noticed how much the area around it had changed, and how many of the family run businesses in the market and in the City Centre had now closed.
“Because the internet and ‘out of town shopping’ malls are having such a big impact on our town centres, we realised it was important to capture people’s memories of the independent retailers before they are lost altogether.
“Thanks to funding through the Black Country Consortium and the European Social Fund we have been able to train up a team of adult volunteers to create their own exhibition.”
The Our Town team are inviting the public to to check out their work and also share a few memories, photographs or anecdotes of their own about shop life in the city, over a cup of tea. There will be a chance to add their memories on boards around the shop.
The exhibition shop is near New Look on the first floor of the Mander Centre and will be open from 10am – 3.30pm.
l What are your memories of shopping after the war? Email your memories to email@example.com or log on to www.blackcountrybu gle.co.uk or write to us at 41 High Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5HL.