The Cooke's Building - The Early Era of the Department Store

When her son brought home a German POW for tea, Annie Day befriended him. Annie, now 100 years old, tells her story in 'The German Who Came to Tea', one of two short documentaries for this oral history project.

The project centred on the Cooke's Building, a Grade II listed former department store in Barrow-in-Furness, now restored as a creative arts centre for the residents of South Cumbria. Themed afternoon teas were held in the building for residents from the town's care homes, and volunteers of all ages trained in oral history skills, archive research, film-making techniques and collected stories from elderly locals who remembered working or shopping at the store between 1915 and 1959.

The second documentary, The Town and The Tide, traced people's memories of how shopping habits and locations have changed down the years.

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