Martin Parr – Black Country Stories

Martin Parr – Black Country Stories

Over the last 4 years, Magnum photographer, Martin Parr, has created a photographic portrait and archive of life in the Black Country through photography, film and oral histories.  

Until 11 January 2015

Floor 3



Martin has made many visits to Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley, meeting a wide range of local people.  He has visited shops and markets, places of worship, football grounds, factories, pubs and clubs, dances and parties, cafés and restaurants, dog training classes, summer fêtes and street parties celebrating the Royal Wedding and Diamond Jubilee.


Four specially commissioned films offer a fascinating insight into Teddy Gray’s Sweet Factory in Dudley; the world of Black Country pigeon fancying; Stourbridge’s Tudor Crystal and the coach holiday company JR Holyhead, based in Willenhall.


Commissioned by Multistory, working in partnership with The New Art Gallery Walsall and Wolverhampton Art Gallery with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


A publication published by Dewi Lewis accompanies the exhibition priced £30.


Copies of photographs (10×8 inches) from The Walsall Archive are available to purchase at £12.00 each, with a maximum of four per person. Please note photographs can only be selected and paid for onsite at The New Art Gallery Walsall (sales cannot be taken online or by telephone).




Black Country Echoes Festival

A Black Country wide celebration of post war manufacturing through People, Art, Landscape & Industry. For more information please visit:


Image credti:  Norman Soper (best pot leek), Sandwell Show © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos. Black Country Stories 2010 to 2014,commissioned by Multistory.