The Living Memory Project is a 3-year initiative that records and celebrates personal photography collections and everyday life stories from across the Black Country region. It culminates in May 2020 with the publication of the Living Memory book and a series of exhibitions and film screenings.
The Living Living Memory Project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.
We are working with individuals, groups and communities across the area and inviting everyone to get involved. On our website you can explore some of the wonderful stories we have collected so far, learn more about the project, and find out how to get involved. Find out more about the project.
Auntie Gladys is in the middle in the blue. I would say this is taken in the mid-60 to late 60s. I'm thinking they're all sitting there well they could be doing the Tiller Girls or something because they've all got their legs crossed. What a lovely pose. You can tell they're proper ladies but they all look like they're kicking their legs up really.
It'd be in Cradley Heath because she worked most of her life at Billingham’s. I know she used to work on a machinist, so I think it was some metalwork. I imagine the work is quite boring but what I like about is photo is that they still smile.
Janine Willet from Oakham, Oldbury, speaking about her Aunite Gladys. Read the full story here.