|The following story is part of Memories of Wednesbury High Street, a collaboration between artists, Iain Armstrong and Jo Löki, involving participation from a variety of Wednesbury residents. You can look through the photographs while you listen to people’s stories. For more information on the project and to view more stories, visit here.|
Marian’s Jewellers & Gift Shop
|Originally from Poland, Marian Maczka emigrated to the UK after the war. After spending some time working in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, he set up his own jewellery business in 1952 on Dudley Street in Wednesbury. In 1955, he moved to Union Street where, over the next 30 years, the business occupied several premises and expanded to include a gift shop, in addition to the jewellers and watchmakers. The business was a family affair with Marian’s wife and daughters working alongside several employees. Marian died in 2018 but his daughter, Teresa Davies, shares her memories of her father and the shops on Union Street through the 1960s-80s.|
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Images in this gallery were shared by project participants, working with visual artist Jo Löki. They were collected, edited, adapted and digitised into photo-albums © Jo Löki / Memories Of Wednesbury High Street. With special thanks to Teresa Davies and Ian Bott who gave their time, access to personal collections and shared memories of Wednesbury High Street. Their vital contributions add to the conversations around Wednesbury’s rich heritage.