People's Snapshots

Everyday life captured through people’s own photographs

As part of this new project we are working across the area to celebrate different aspects of everyday life that have been captured through people’s own photographs. The images hidden in our family albums, stored away in shoeboxes, and treasured in the collections of local enthusiasts, can offer rich perspectives on our rapidly changing society.

Share your own photographs and stories

Do you have some treasured photographs taken in the Black Country that you would like to tell us about?

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Moya Lloyd

This is my mom Joan Lloyd (nee Anderson) and her cousin Kathleen Lane (nee Smith) in my mom’s grandparents garden at 7, Jordan Place, Bradley.

‘The clothes I was wearing were homemade, my mom made everything, we wore our hair in plaits’

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David Willetts

A photograph connected to a recently discovered family story

This is a photo of my great grandad Joseph and great grandmother Mary Ann along with Joseph, the illegitimate son of my great aunt Minnie.

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Mike Fenton

Migrating from the Black Country to Utah by limited means.

This is my 3rd cousin Eliza Taylor Fenton and someone who has played a major part in my family history research. Her story is long and to some degree momentous considering her very ordinary and impoverished beginnings.

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Sylvia Moss

Sylvia Moss memories of Christmas “get togethers” for the Griffiths family

Griffiths family photo taken at 50 Clyde Street Cradley Heath which was their childhood family home still occupied by their mother Ellen Griffiths.

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Ron Moss

Memories of an impromtu entertainment band

This photo shows Ron Moss playing the drums and sister in law Iris Hughes (nee Griffiths) playing an accordion in an “impromptu” band at The Wharf Hotel at Holt Fleet early 1950’s.

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Juanita Williams

Tufty Club

The Tufty club was a ROSPA initiative to keep children safe when crossing the road.

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Juanita Williams

Like a brother

Melvin worked for dad in the shop and he was always there during our childhood. We didn’t have a brother and he was the next best thing. 

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Jean Sweetland

Skating at Birmingham Ice Rink

This is a picture of me, aged 8. We always had to do what my dad said, and we had to go skating in Birmingham.

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Jean Sweetland

Mum and Dad's wedding day

This is my mum and dad on their wedding day in Oldbury in 1934. They do look lovely here, so smart.

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David Price

Love and protect

This photo is taken while I was on holiday on the farm at Solcom. This is of me with Kathleen my cousin.

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David Price

Summer holidays on the farm

In the 6-week school holidays my mum used to take me out there on the bus – we never had a car.

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Cheryl Aston (nee Moss)

Garden play and Lanchester cars

Very fond memories come flooding back when I look at this photo taken by Dad – Ron Moss.

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