IN 2006, after 135 years of retailing, Barkers Department Store in Kensington High Street, London, closed for good.
Around this time, I acquired a personal scrap book from The British Heart Foundation shop in Lewes High Street. It is a beautiful object full of fashion photographs, press cuttings and original programmes from the opening of Barkers Fashion Display Hall in 1929 and the mannequin parades.
I have given it to a friend who is now using it as a research tool for an MA in the History of Design.
Does anyone remember donating this item, perhaps an ex-employee or member of Trevor Bowne’s family, the vice president of Barkers.
Any information would be gratefully received.
Daphne Culligan, Renwick Clarke, 178 High Street, Lewes