A Better Place to Shop: The Story of Beatties

Wolverhampton City Archives

4 January 2014 - 12 April 2014

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A 1948 advertisement for Beatties © Wolverhampton City Archives

A 1948 advertisement for Beatties © Wolverhampton City Archives

Since its founding in 1877, Beatties department store went on to become famous for selling high quality merchandise and for providing excellent customer service. To many people of Wolverhampton and beyond, it really was “a better place to shop”.

The exhibition, which consists of a selection of catalogued material relating to Beatties from the 1870s to the 21st century, ranges from price lists for ladies’ mantles (capes) in the 1890s to advice for women on how to dress to please a man in the 1960s. It gives a fascinating insight into the social attitudes prevalent over a hundred plus years of trading. The collection is not only an important addition to the archive collection but also highlights an important part of Wolverhampton’s retail history.

There will also be the chance to enter a raffle to win a Beattie bear. All proceeds will go to Compton Hospice.