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The Butcher, the Baker, the Grocer and Draper

The Star Tea Company, Grimsby

Shopping is an important part of all our lives. For hundreds of years the shop has been the place where we buy our basics and luxuries.

Most of us visit some kind of shop every day. We might go shopping alone or with our family and friends. Some of us like to visit our local high street or shopping centre while others prefer to shop online.

To celebrate this, the latest in the “Unlocking the Collection” series of exhibitions at the Fishing Heritage Centre focuses on shops and shopping over the last 150 years.

In that time shopping has changed from old fashioned Victorian shops to modern day supermarkets and shopping centres. The exhibition looks at local shops, but these changes can be found in towns and cities almost everywhere. Some of our traditional shops may still survive today. However, modern shopping is very different to shopping in the past.

From Penny Bazaars to the modern supermarket, tea being sold by the spoonful to mass produced Dinky toys, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Councillor Mick Burnett, portfolio holder for Tourism and Culture, said, “This is yet another great exhibition in the series. Whether you’re seven or seventy, we’re pretty sure there’s something from your childhood to spark the imagination and memory.”

Part of the outreach work for this exhibition includes two free drop-in children’s workshops: from 10am to 4pm on 14 and 21 December.

  • Saturday, 14 December, Edwardian theme, making toys, tree decorations, decorating a shop window and more.
  • Saturday, 21 December, 1940’s Austerity Christmas theme, making toys from found objects, tiny felt Christmas puddings and designing Christmas cards.

The exhibition runs from Tuesday, December 10 to Sunday, February 2 at the Muriel Barker Gallery in the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm. The exhibition is closed on Mondays.

Entry is free. All ages are welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

This is the latest in the series of Heritage Lottery Funded “Unlocking the Collections” exhibitions.

For more information, call Louise Walker on (01472) 323560,