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Time to Play Shops: A Tribute to the WI Country Markets
Time to Play Shops: A Tribute to the WI Country Markets (Paperback)
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In this delightful book Jo Major takes the reader on a photographic journey around rural Britain to discover the thriving organisation that is the WI Country Markets. These markets provide local communities with a variety of wholesome produce, from eggs to meat, from fresh vegetables to jams and cakes. But this is not all. They are also venues for local craftsmen to sell their wares, and places where artists can find an outlet. The WI Country Markets have formed in the centre of community life, yet as Major points out in the introduction, hers is not a 'pastoral elegy' but the opportunity to demonstrate the vibrancy and unity of the dedicated people who run and support them. The author explores the history and importance of the markets and their impact on local and more disparate communities. This is a journey from their historic beginnings to the success they have now come to enjoy.

BusinessIndustry & industrial studiesDistributive industriesRetail sectorHistory & PoliticsLocal interest, family history & nostalgiaLocal historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: customs & traditions Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd Publication Date: 01/11/2004 ISBN-13: 9780718830441  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jo Major studied English and History of Art at Goldsmiths College, London, and a postgraduate degree in Photographic Studies at the University of Westminster. Introduced to the WI Markets by her mother who invited her to the local summer WI market's outing. Jo was astonished by the history of the organisation, and the enthusiasm of its members. Inspired, Jo decides that the Market were a worthy topic for her final term dissertation. Many of her fellow classmates were visiting students, who chose to look at their own customs and traditions to find inspiration for their theses. As Jo learned more about the WI Markets she felt that this was a forgotten part of her heritage, and to introdue others to these neglected places and events she began her photographic journey around Britain. This book is the culmination of those journeys.

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