Using The Archive

An integral part of the project was to build up an archive of material relating to local corner shops.


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Gallery 1 - Images found in the archives 1900 - 1960

Gallery 2 - Images we deposited in the archives 2008

Gallery 3 - Shopkeepers and their customers


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Archive Researcher Quotes

"The training was interesting. It got me thinking about the past all around me. After listening to the interview of the present owner I was intrigued to uncover the past of that shop."

"I came away with a greater interest in local history and skills in retrieving it."

"There are so many histories in a single place. The session stimulated me to look at things around me differently."



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Credits

Gallery 1 - images found in the archives 1900 - 1960
1-8 of 46 - Sandwell Community History and Archive Service

9 of 46 by Nick Hedges © 1976; Birmingham Archives and Heritage


Gallery 2 - images we have deposited in the archives 2008
10-30 of 46 by Anand Chhabra © 2008


Gallery 3 - Shopkeepers and their customers
31-39 of 46 by Anand Chhabra © 2008

40-42 of 46 by Black Country Touring and Foursight Theatre © 2008


Main Body
43 of 46 - © Sandwell Community History and Archive Service

44-46 by Anand Chhabra © 2009

Using The Archive


An integral part of the project was to build up an archive of material relating to local corner shops, which would be of use to researchers for generations to come.

Preserving a permanent archive gives the project a permanent legacy, and is easily achieved by working in partnership with a local archives service.

The core of the archive is the oral history recordings of people's experiences of running and using corner shops, which were recorded by project volunteers to inform the theatre production.

Archive Materials


Other materials created during the project, which have been preserved in the archive are:

  • photographs which document the project throughout its life.
  • commissioned photographs of local shops and shopkeepers.
  • material created by the schools who participated in the project.
  • the script and DVD of the theatre production.

In order to add more historical context to the archive, we also recruited a small group of 7 volunteers to carry out further historical research on some of the shops featured in the oral history recordings.

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The Archives Service


The Archives Service ran a half-day training session with the volunteers with heritage consultant Izzy Mohammed. They covered how to research in an archive and what specific resources might exist that would help them trace the history of a shop. The resulting volunteers' research also forms part of the project archive.

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