Truro’s Lemon Street is going back in time this weekend as part of a new BBC Learning Hands on History project and landmark BBC One series.
For one weekend only, starting tomorrow, an empty shop in Lemon Street, Truro, will be transformed into a 1930s grocer’s store, giving today’s shoppers the chance to travel back in time and experience living history.
The Truro ‘pop-up shop’ is one of 11 taking place around the UK, giving communities the chance to learn more about their local history in a hands-on way. Visitors will be able to touch, hear and even smell what life was like on their local high street around 80 years ago, as well as share their own memories, photographs and mementoes.
The shops are part of the new six-part BBC One series Turn Back Time – The High Street which takes four empty shops back to the 1870s and propels it through 100 years of change. Turn Back Time will see a group of shop-keeping families from a variety of trades travel back in time where they’ll face the challenge of living and working in six very different eras of British history, from Victorian Britain right through to the 1970s, all recreated in Shepton Mallet, Somerset. Turn Back Time starts in November.
And to bring the high street history strand right up to date, BBC English Regions TV current affairs series Inside Out will be examining how our modern day high streets are coping with the challenging economic climate across each of its 11 regional programmes. The films will be broadcast on BBC One across England in early December.
Truro Shop will be open to the public from 10.00am to 5.00pm from Friday to Sunday.