In July of this year, Wolverhampton Archives & Local Studies acquired a high number of accounts ledgers, minutes of meetings, posters, menus, invitations, magazines, newsletters, sales leaflets and photographs relating to Beatties from the 1870s to the 21st Century. The collection, now currently being cataloged, ranges from price lists for ladies’ mantles (capes) in the 1890s to advice for women on how to dress for a man in the 1960s giving a fascinating insight into the social attitudes prevalent over a hundred plus years of trading.
It is believed that this acquisition is not only an important addition to the archive collection bur also highlights an important part of Wolverhampton’s retail history. Wolverhampton Archives & Local Studies will be highlighting and celebrating this recent acquisition with an exhibition of items from the collection. The exhibition will run from the 4th January 2013 to 29 March 2014. There will also be the chance to enter a raffle to win a large Beattie bear. All proceeds will go to Compton Hospiice, Beatties’ favored charity.
For more information visit www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk