With photographs and objects from the Museum of Carpet's archive, Generation tells stories of Kidderminster's carpet industry and community.
The word ‘generation’ describes industrial production. It can also mean a group of people born at the same time, and trace family relationships.The word implies progress, community and optimism.
The exhibition explores local place at a time when we have been forced to slow down and stay close to home. In Kidderminster, a single-industry town with a world-leading carpet industry, generations of local families worked in the same carpet factories. This makes it a rich place to explore connections and shared experiences between generations, what has changed over the last century, as well as what has stayed the same.
At a time of seismic change, we gain reassurance from these windows into the past and hope that they will generate a sense of community and confidence.
The exhibition includes an outdoor installation made possible by the Culture Recovery Fund. It allows the museum to display photographs from our collection to local people whose heritage we are here to celebrate. By meeting you outside, we hope to put everyone at ease.
Generation also includes Completing the Story, a selection of photographs submitted to the Museum of Carpet's open call by local photographers, children and young people. They show life in Kidderminster and surrounding areas now on the themes of legacy, hope and the future.