Anniversary exhibition proves a hit and sparks memories

Our special exhibition throwing light on Shrewsbury’s social history and celebrating 150 years of a successful fifth generation family business has proved a hit with all ages.

Some 1,555 people, from children to former employees from the 1950s, stepped back in time as our story came to life at Shrewsbury’s Museum and Art Gallery.

Over a period of more than three weeks, treasured memorabilia and archive material, including interactive displays, entertained and informed visitors. It sparked reminiscences from townspeople, retired workers, their relatives, customers and others.

Some wrote their thoughts in a Morris Memories book which will be kept in our company archives. They included a former colleague who proudly badged himself as an errand boy and recalled enjoying throwing large cheeses along a chain of men from the delivery lorry to the cheese store in the warehouse cellar at Welsh Bridge.

The Morris story began in 1869 when James Kent Morris opened a modest grocery shop in Frankwell. Today Morris & Co employs 720 people across commercial and residential property, care homes and an international site machinery business.

At the exhibition the original shop had been recreated complete with hops, seeds and candles – and an actor played James Kent Morris for the first few days engaging visitors with his stories.

Our Chairman, Robin Morris, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who supported our first public exhibition and for their enthusiastic feedback and fascinating memories. It’s amazing how many people we have served, employed and reached in many ways over the decades.

“We’re proud of the role our businesses and people have played in the town and wider community since 1869. We’re looking forward to seeing how our story will continue in the years ahead.”

The exhibition was curated with local historian Professor Tim Jenkins and launched with a reception for civic dignitaries and representatives of the business community. An event was also held for retired company workers and shareholders to celebrate their contribution.

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