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I met both John Houghton and Peter Walker at the stores when it opened to the public back in October. The fish fryer was amongst my most favourite sightings along with the dustcart and the Cannings Electroplating Machine Model, if I remember correctly built by engineering apprentices from Cannings a good many years ago. It's both sad and a bit bizarre to walk around what is effectively an industrial warehouse looking at all these things some of them obviously look very out of place, while other bits of the mechanical machinery seem a bit at home there?
I do think there should be a space made available to display all our brummie treasures on a permanant basis, so theyre not tucked away in a store?
ROD. Those pics are realy great, l do hope you can post some more in the future they are a great asset to the website and l am sure they will stir memories of more stories of the past and get people posting their stories. I hope so at least ! !
A lot of folk think that the city own'sÃ‚Â all whats in the stores but most of it is on loan which is sad as it can only been seen for a short period of time, the fire engine is on loan to the Social History Dept from the Sun Alliance and London Insurance Group it was built in the middle of the last century and originally belonged to the District Fire Office, which was a B'ham Company, it was operated by 8 men and it could pump 55 gallons of water a minute and could throw a jet of water 90 feet high.Its Sad we have all this heritage what people are willing to lend to the city and it cannot be put on permenant display.Why cannot lottery money not be used if the City does not want to pay for a building ? or raise one by public funding like a lot of things have to be done today.......I suppose the answer is blowing in the wind
Great photo's by the way O0
I remember that hot spud cart, he used to be next to the Grand hotel and New street station, they would cost 6p ( old money) a bag, and don't forget the salt. and when it was cold we would stand next to the cart and keep warm. ... happy days,....... :smitten:
just found the dates for open days at dollman street stores.28th may.2007.bank holiday monday. and 8th september.2007.saturday .
access my previous link.21st november.2006.and type in NECHELLS in the search box.
As with rods photos.i don't think you you need a description. However for those struggling one is a pram, another is a sewing machine and i think another is a washing machine. If anyone is none the wiser I'd be more than happy to clairfy.