Our Town Shopping Memories

25th June 2013

The project is being conducted mostly by volunteers under the guidance of Wolverhampton's Central Youth Theatre. The project aims to collect the personal memories from individual shoppers, those who have worked in retailing and those who run market stalls and independent business in the city. The group are not just after older memories. More recent memories are just as valuable as many aspects of shopping in the city have changed in just the last few years.

The volunteers have quickly learned how to conduct interviews with the public and record their memories on a digital voice recorder. Recordings are only made with the permission of the interviewee. The recordings will be transcribed and summarised for use in an exhibition in September, online, for the archives and for future theatrical performances by young people. The latest stage has involved creating blogs and web pages about the project.

I've chatted to shoppers as they've passed through the Market. Last Friday I spoke to more stall holders on the Market about their recollections. Some were very keen to participate and I'll need to follow these up in the next few days as they were busy with customers at the time I visited. That's good for the market.

Oh, and I must get some satsumas and peaches, as they looked very appetising!

More information and how to get involved can be found at www.ourtownwolverhampton.co.uk.

All text and images © Keith Rowley 2013

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