TALKS & RESEARCH

The Heritage Group delivers a variety of talks on various aspects of the History of Kays to groups, clubs and other interested organisations such as Women’s Institutes (WI), Probus, Rotary Clubs, Townswomen’s Guild, historical societies etc. usually within Worcestershire but also within a reasonable travelling distance of the county, when travel expenses may be paid.  

There are two talks currently available:-

“Shopping over 200 years – A Shop in a Book“, which takes the audience on a journey back to the origins of the business in the late 18th century through its growth and development through the 19th and to the end of the 20th century. 

It features an insight into the company, its places of employment and its catalogues.

The second talk, “Kays Catalogues and What we bought”, concentrates on the operation of Kays and the development of the catalogue as a “shop in a book”.  Copiously illustrated with images taken from the Heritage Group’s unique collection of Kay’s catalogues, dating from 1890 to 2000, this talk shows just how fashions and styles have changed over the last 100 years.   

The talks contain many historical photographs, as well as images from the catalogues.  

They are a multi-media experience and each lasts about one hour.