The Oral History Exhibition (2)

The exhibition runs until this coming Saturday (21 September).  Here’s an article about what we’ve been up to from the local paper:


Wednesday 18th September 2013

Memories of seeing Father Christmas in Beatties toy department and buying buns from Percy’s cake shop have come flooding back thanks to a new exhibition in the city.
Mander Centre memories
From top, project coordinator Joe Twilley and administrator Holly Phillips, with volunteers Kate Hartband-Westwood and Alan Marriott

Around 25 volunteers from the Our Town local history project spent the past four months interviewing shoppers and traders about their experiences of shopping in Wolverhampton. 

Now the fruits of their labour can be viewed at an exhibition in the Mander Centre.

The project started out as the brainchild of Joseph Twilley and Holly Phillips from the Central Youth Theatre at Newhampton Arts Centre in Whitmore Reans.

“Our aim was to collect the stories of local people, market holders and shop keepers to see how shopping has shaped our city,” said Mr Twilley. “A lot of the material would never see the light of day because the stories have never really been collected together.

“We want to bring this shared social heritage together to show what the shopping experience means to the people of Wolverhampton.”

The Our Town exhibition runs at Unit 106 in the Mander Centre until September 21 between 10am to 3.30pm.

It is closed on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Mr Twilley said the collection will be housed at Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies at the Molineux Hotel Building when the exhibition closes.

You can read the project’s blog at

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