Sandwell Stories



Sandwell Stories is an audio project produced by Multistory where we talk to, and share, everyday experiences of local people.

We chat with people we meet on the streets, at home and in the workplace, and record their views, ideas and stories to create our bi-monthly podcast that is played on the Black Country Matters radio show and on our website.

Please see below for a list of episodes. Listen on Soundcloud here.

First presented at West Bromwich Central Library during Blast! Festival 2019, the exhibition Sandwell Stories will tour libraries in Sandwell, showcasing portraits by photographer Emma Case, taken while interviewing local people for the ongoing audio project. The exhibition weaves together the words of people from Sandwell with their portraits, enabling the public to access a growing oral and visual archive of contemporary, everyday stories. The podcasts are available for the public to listen to as part of the installation.

Exhibition tour dates:

Wednesbury Library: 3 October – 4 November 2019

Thimblemill Library: 6 November – 3 December

Bleakhouse Library: 7 January – 5 February

Tipton Library: 7 February – 4 March


Episode 1
Sandwell Stories at West Bromwich Indoor Market – 27 May 2018

Come and visit the West Brom indoor market, meet the wonderful market traders, hear the conversations and enjoy the familiarity of a place that is built around human connections.
Credits: Emma Case (Project Manager & Producer), Robert Alexander (sound recordist and editor), Emma Purshouse (Narrator)

Episode 2
What’s the best thing about the Black County? – July 2018

What are your favourite Black Country sayings? Where does the Black Country start and where does it end?  We headed out on to the streets of Sandwell to get these all important answers ready for Black Country Day on the 14th July. We want to celebrate the Black Country from Halesowen to Tipton, Blackheath to Bilston!

Episode 3
West Bromwich Town Hall – October 2018

What happens in one of West Brom’s oldest buildings?  Who uses it and what do they use it for?
Come with us for your own personal tour of West Bromwich Town Hall and hear from some of the wonderful people who use it for social events and clubs and also from the incredible team of people who work here, keeping everything ship shape!

Episode 4
Greetings from Sandwell –  December 2018

Us Brits are pretty giddy about Greetings Cards.  Sending them, receiving them, displaying them… we love a good card! For this episode we natted with knitters and babbled with Brownies to find out just how important the Greetings card is to the people of Sandwell…

Episode 5
Women’s Honour Award-  January 2019

In Summer 2018, Multistory and the artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood invited people from the six towns of Sandwell to nominate women who deserve to be honoured and celebrated. In the same year it was the centenary of (some) women being given the right to vote in the UK and the powerful movements taking place such as ‘Me too’ and ‘Time’s Up’, and this project, recognise and value the work that women do — equality is not a given but something we have to fight for.

We were lucky enough to spend time with many of the inspiring women who are part of the project – from the nominators, Kate DeRight, Shindo Barquer and Blanca Fischer – to the judges, Tina Cockbill, Cllr Syeda Khatun and Julie McKirdy… and of course, Sarah Taylor Silverwood and the winners, Barbara Platts, Bally Barquer and Leonie Hart.

Episode 6
Family-  March 2019

Whether large or small, round the corner or across the sea… family is part of us all. They come in all shapes and sizes and all volumes… some are bonded by blood, some through friendship and community.

We sat down with a cuppa with some wonderful Sandwell families to get to know them and ask ‘What does family mean to you?’