Seeking memories of Marsh & Baxter Pork Butchers

Black Country Living Museum is recreating Brierley Hill’s Marsh & Baxter pork butchers’ shop in their brand new 1940s-60s high street. On Saturday 11th September 2021, as part of Brierley Hill’s Heritage Open Day celebrations organised by the Brierley Hill Community Forum, Black Country Living Museum will have a stall inside Brierley Hill Marketplace. Their team will be collecting memories of Marsh & Baxter as well as running a competition for a chance to win a free family ticket to the Museum.

Forming an important part of the brand new 1940s-60s development project BCLM: Forging Ahead, the Museum will be recreating the smaller of Marsh & Baxter’s two butchers’ shops in Brierley Hill, from 70 High Street. It was a typical store, set in the early 1950s while meat was still rationed. Visi­tors to the recreated shop will be able to learn about rationing, the history of the firm and of food production in the Black Country – and try freshly-made pork pies and faggots!

Marsh and Baxter Pork Butchers, 70 High Street Brierley Hill, circa 1950s/60s

The collections team would love to talk to anyone with memories of the shop to help them with their recreation of the shop inside and out, particularly from the 1950s. They are keen to find out more about what costumes the butchers wore, the way in which meat was sold and, since the shop will be set in the year rationing ended, any memories around how the shop changed when restrictions were lifted.  

– Did you or anyone in your family work in a branch Marsh & Baxter?

– Did you shop there in the 1950s?

Please get in touch with the team at [email protected] or call 0121 557 9643.