Black Country Bugle

Telling the stories of women in print

- By GAVIN JONES gjones@blackcount­

A new project which will tell the stories of women who worked at the famous Kenrick & Jefferson print works is underway, and organisers are hoping to get Bugle readers involved.

Did you, or someone you know, once work at the huge print works in the centre of West Bromwich? Do you have stories and photograph­s about the factory and/or the women who worked there? If so, Multistory, the Black Country-based arts group behind the project, would love to hear from you.

Jess Piette, Multistory’s Project Co-ordinator, told us:

“We are producing an arts and heritage project about local women’s contributi­on to what was a thriving local business and is still an important landmark in West Bromwich today.

“We are working with artist Sophie Huckfield, who will be doing interviews and delivering free, creative workshops throughout the first half of 2023 to create a publicatio­n and an outdoor exhibition that will share the stories and photograph­s gathered during the project. The exhibition and publicatio­n will be launched in late Summer 2023, at a celebrator­y event for everyone involved.”

You can contribute in any way you like – by sharing your story or a story that you’ve heard; sharing personal photograph­s and memorabili­a; and even getting involved with creating the publicatio­n and the exhibition.

The K&J project is funded by Historic England’s Everyday Heritage Grants and is a continuati­on of Sophie Huckfield’s longterm aim to celebrate the overlooked stories of working women in Sandwell and the wider Black Country.

To get in touch, please email Jess and let her know how you would like to be involved. You can email her: or give her a call her on 07922 571832.

Multistory is a community arts organisati­on that has been based in Sandwell for 16 years. They create art with, for and about local people to tell their stories in exhibition­s, films, publicatio­ns and events.

For more informatio­n, take a look at their website: You can also find them on social media: @multistory

 ?? ?? Staff meal at Kenrick & Jeffersons Print Works, in a photograph discovered by West Bromwich History Society
Staff meal at Kenrick & Jeffersons Print Works, in a photograph discovered by West Bromwich History Society

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