Creative training project looks for people to dig deep into city’s shopping and trading history

A creative training project is looking for people to help record and celebrate the history of shopping and trading in their city.

From now until September run Wolverhampton’s Central Youth Theatre (CYT) will work with people on the project, called ‘Our Town.

They will be providing training in oral history, working with computers, researching information, meeting the public and designing an exhibition.

Using these skills, participants will help record the rich heritage of shopping in the city centre by interviewing local people, stallholders and shopkeepers about their memories.

These will then be used to produce an exhibition which will be on public display in the city centre in September.

Our Town is being funded by the European Social Fund which supports local community-based projects that help enhance participant’s employability and provide valuable new and transferable skills.

CYT Director Jane Ward said: “This is a marvellous opportunity to find out how and why Wolverhampton became such a tremendous place for shopping, eating and entertainment in the past – and what we can learn from this today.

“We are really eager to hear from anyone who is interested in learning something new and taking part in an exciting local history project.

“People taking part need to be 18 or over, unemployed or economically inactive to take part, but can be working up to 8 hours per week or claiming Job Seekers Allowance.

“No previous experience is required”.

People who would like to take part in this project or would like any more information should contact Joe Twilley on 01902 572091 or email


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