Truro’s Lemon Street is going back in time as part of a new BBC Learning Hands on History project and landmark BBC One series.
For one weekend only, Friday October 29 - Sunday October 31, an empty shop in Lemon Street 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 fun, exciting and 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.
With the help of local history groups, museums and archives the BBC Learning team aims to explore the past of other shops in Truro using documents such as posters, ads, bills and letters, all helping to create a high street time-line. Communities can also help create a photographic ‘Now and Then’ archive of their area with the project’s dedicated Flickr group or download a special guide to researching the history of their high street at bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory.
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.
Truro Shop will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm. Local schools will be invited to take part on Friday.