2018 - 19
Fascinated by the resilience of small shops and businesses in Langley in Oldbury, still known affectionately by locals as Langley Village. The shops here - along with their keepers - make a considerable, yet often overlooked contribution to the economy of the area. Yet this is a time when the demise of the high street is rarely out of the news; only recently, the Office for National Statistics reported a total of 1,772 stores disappeared from the UK’s town centres over the last year - almost five closing every day. The impression is of a town which simply houses the local Sainsbury’s or the Council House. Kate has documented local shops in Langley, engaging with the people who operate them. The project is a portrait of this small high street, part of the bigger town of Oldbury, itself one of the six towns of Sandwell.
See the exhibition
24.05.2019 – 29.06.2019
Fri: 9:30AM - 3PM
Langley Park Lodge, Langley High St, B69 4SL