We will be updating our ongoing findings and documenting events during the project on this blog below.

Market Tales Publication

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The Ballad of Barrow Market

The Ballad of Barrow Market A film made by Signal Film and Media documenting the performances of The Ballad of Barrow Market being performed by members of the Ashton Theatre Group to a live audience in Barrow Market. Writers The Script was created in writing workshops led by Kate Davies for Signal Film and Media [...]

The Mystery Shopper

Mystery Shopper All is abuzz at the market today as a mystery shopper is announced. "Who is the mystery shopper?" they wonder. And more importantly, "What is the prize for the best stall" But the day takes a dark turn when the prize and shoppers aren't all they seem. Mystery Shopper was written, directed and [...]

Pet Wars

Pet Wars The ghost of PC Gavin patrols Barrow's market by night. When a new exotic pet stall arrives and causes chaos, the supernatural policeman is forced into the daylight to lay down the law. Pet Wars was written, directed and animated by Vickerstown Primary School Yr 6 and inspired by photographs and sounds from Barrow [...]

The Ballad of Barrow Market

The Ballad of Barrow Market was performed live in Barrow Market by The Ashton Group Theatre Factory on Saturday 7th April 2018 at 1.30pm to an audience of over 100 people! The theatre piece was inspired by real-life memories local people have shared about the popular market. Volunteers collected oral histories, photographs and films which were used [...]

Creative Writing Workshops

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND THE CREATIVE WRITING COURSE WILL CONTINUE AT SIGNAL ON A MONTHLY BASIS. taking place on the forth Tuesday of each month from 5.30 - 7.30pm, contact for more details.  From January to March, thirteen people came together to for a 6-week creative writing course. During the 6- weeks the group [...]

Market Tales Trip to Accrington and Preston

As part of our Market Tales project, on the 15th March 2018, a group from Barrow-in-Furness spent a day visiting two of the North-West’s historic markets. In the morning we visited Accrington Market, built in 1868/9, the same period as Barrow’s original markets. Now a Grade II listed building, it was refurbished in 2010 at [...]

Creative writing workshops

Join a free 6 - week creative writing programme with the writer Kate Davis. The sessions will take place each week on Thursday evenings from 25th January to 1st March 2018 from 6 - 8pm. The workshops will draw on the material collected in the beginning half of the Market Tales Project, including film, photography, [...]

Market Photography Workshop

Friday 15th December, 10am – 5pm | Signal Film and Media & Barrow Market  On Friday 15th December 2017, artist and photographer Joshua Bilton ran an exciting photography workshop in Barrow Market. During the workshop, the group learnt more about camera settings, lighting, framing, photographing etiquette and photoshop. The following images show what the group got up [...]

Market Tales Has A Market Stall

As part of our Heritage Lottery Fund project Market Tales we have opened a stall in Barrow Market.   The stall showcases some of the photographs, film, audio and objects from the old, new and outdoor markets, collected during the initial stage of the Market Tales project. The work on show draws from a range of [...]

Writing the Market – A short introduction to creative writing

Thursday 16th November, 6pm - 8pm | Cooke’s Studio. Monday 20th November, 2pm - 4pm | Cooke’s Studio. Kate Davis, local writer' held an two introductory workshops on creative writing. Follow up workshops will be held in early 2018 and will contribute towards a theatre performance by Ashton Theatre Group which will take place in [...]

Market Sounds Workshop

Saturday 25th November, 10am - 5pm, Barrow Market and Cooke's Studio  On Saturday 25th November we held a sound workshop run by Octopus Collective, a Barrow-based sound art and music organisation.The day involved a sound walk and creative sound recording techniques to create new soundscapes of Barrow's Market. During the day, we also touched upon the [...]

In the Paper

Collection of newspaper articles about the launch of the new project.

Oral History Training

Saturday 11th November, 10am – 5pm (Rib Davis) Wednesday 15th November, 6pm– 8pm (Jon Borgia and Julia Parks) Accomplished Oral Historian and Playwright Rib Davis ran an intensive one-day introduction course on Oral History training. Rib has performed over 60 scripts on stage, screen and radio. During the session the group learnt, what is Oral History and where does [...]

BBC Radio Cumbria

On Tuesday 17th October Neil Smith from BBC Radio Cumbria came to Signal to interview Julia Parks and Rachel Capovila, the project managers of the new Market Tales project. In the four minute interview, Rachel and Julia talked about the project, memories of Barrow Market and the upcoming events, whilst Andrew Deakin from the Barrow-Based [...]

Archive Research Sessions

In October and November we held research sessions led by Sue Benson of Cumbria Archive and Local Studies Centre to learn more about archive research. During the two-hour sessions, Sue will showed us what Market-related material is held in the Archive, from early maps and plans to photographs taken over the years. We also visited The [...]

Market Tales Launch

Market Tales Launch  The launch of Market Tales took place on Wednesday 18th October at Cooke's Studio. During the event, there was a delicious buffet of food sourced from Barrow’s market. Local Historian Bill Myers dressed as a market seller of yesteryear gave us a historical account of the Markets history in Barrow. He showed us [...]