The Endless Village

Oral Histories: We Have No Banana’s Today

‘We have No Banana’s Today’


Series of oral history interviews with elderly residents of Sparkbrook (an inner city area of Birmingham) who emigrated to the UK from Ireland and West Indies in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. The interviews were conducted by students from St Johns Primary School, Sparkhill, Birmingham & focused on the changing availability of food in the UK since WW2, arriving in the UK from another country & how Birmingham has changed in the 40 years. The interviews feature in the exhibition.

Supported with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

With thanks to Dyan O’Garro at the Narthex Centre, Mrs Hudson-Evans & Mrs O’Keefe at St Johns Primary School and oral historian Helen Lloyd.

  • Sheila Thompson – interviewed by Hansa + Salihah
  • Bridie Bradshaw – interviewed by Mariam + Ayman
  • Yusuf interviewing his neighbour
  • Ruby Martin interviewed by Year 5 students from St Johns Primary’s School