Friday, 21 October 2011
The University of Worcester Research Collections is holding a conference relating to its Kays Archive collection on Tuesday 15 November.
Date: Tuesday 15 November 2011
Venue: Charles Hastings building, City Campus, University of Worcester
Attendance is FREE. Lunch will be provided.
Established in 1890, Kay & Co Ltd of Worcester became one of the largest mail-order companies of the 20th century. Offering interest-free cash credit, Kay & Co Ltd made both fashionable and functional living available to consumers outside the metropolis, selling everything from clothes to carpets, cheerful homewares to live chickens.
This day-long conference explores how the imagery and text of the Kays catalogues, 1920-2000, offer a prism through which to view the development of aspirational living and body image presented to consumers during the 20th century. Further details and booking forms are available here.
You can see over 1500 images that have been digitised at world of kays as part of their JISC funded project.