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Creating the perfect bathroom shoot


Brian Pooley was employed as a photographer in Kays studio in Worcester. He started in 1966 and worked there for 35 years. By the time he retired in 2001, he was the Studio Manager. Brian and the in-house team of … Continue reading

Categories : Audio, Blog, Catalogue design, Domesticity, Photography, Working for Kays |

What can you find in the Kays Catalogues?


This is a fantastic collection of images which highlights the social and cultural contexts of the 20th century. The catalogue images show the lifestyles that people were meant to aspire to. Someone who worked at Kays, informs me that the … Continue reading

Categories : Blog, Conference, Domesticity, Fashion, Marketing, Research resource, Womens wear |

Let’s have a party with World of Kays!


Back in November when the festive season was imminent, finding inspiration for my first mini-exhibit for the University of Worcester’s Research Collections was simple. What better than to put together a glitzy party-themed display to help get people in the … Continue reading

Categories : Blog, Domesticity, Fashion, Image selection, Research resource |

Fabulous fashions of the 1950s – AUDIO


Sheila Layton started work in the sales recording office for Kay & Co Ltd in 1959, and remained with the company until she left in 1965 to have her first child. In these audio clips Sheila remembers some of the fabulous … Continue reading

Categories : Audio, Blog, Domesticity, Fashion, Womens wear, Working for Kays |

Kays as a Family Affair – Jayne Reynolds


Jayne Reynolds started working at Kays in 1973 as a packer. She left in 2007 in the position of H&S Officer and Trainer, although her final role was providing redundancy support for staff. Asked who in the family looked at … Continue reading

Categories : Audio, Blog, Customers & shopping, Domesticity, Working for Kays |