Through The Shop Window 30 January – 17 April 2016
Enter the shop window and discover what shopping was like in Royal Leamington Spa from the 1880s to the 1980s.
Using personal stories, photographs and objects from the collection, the exhibition will focus on the many and varied independent retailers that operated in the town during this period. From small, specialist companies such as Lavinia’s dress shop and Southorn boot makers, to the large departments stores of Woodward’s and Burgis & Colbourne that came to dominate the Parade.
Find out the techniques used to draw people into the shops and see the neon sign from Toytown on display for the first time. Learn the skills needed to work in a grocers and discover how long it took to train to be a draper. Home delivery and catalogue shopping, the precursor to internet shopping, will be examined alongside the social and technological developments that gradually changed the way people shopped.
With fun interactives and dressing up, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Throughout the exhibition there will be an opportunity to create ‘memory boxes’, which will be added to a growing display. Those who wish to explore further can visit the Shopping in Leamington Spa virtual trail on Historypin.