Timeline

Go back in time and discover the history of Peters, from our beginnings right up to the present day.

1935

John Sheldon Peters (Snr) opens J. S. Peters - a retail bookshop in Moor Street, Birmingham, and by 1936 is also supplying libraries with his son, John Peters (Jnr).

1954

John Snr (left) dies at the age of 84, still running the organisation. John Jnr (right) takes over.

1958

With the Moor Street premises placed under a demolition order to make way for the new (original) Bull Ring development, J.S. Peters relocates to Bristol Street, Birmingham.

1961

A decision to concentrate on library supply and cease retail trading meant a move to premises at Thorp Street, Birmingham.

1967

John (Jnr) dies and Malcolm Peters (pictured) takes over the running of the company.

1978

Peters’ computerised stock system ‘Petra’ is developed.

1979

Deliveries are made by Volkswagen van, seen here outside Solihull Central Library.

1983

Thorp Street showroom is re-fitted with a focus on children’s books

1989

All Birmingham operations consolidated under one roof at Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham, complete with a smart fleet of delivery vans!

1992

Promoting bright ideas, equipment and accessories to libraries, The Kit Shop, the origins of our current furniture operation, opens next door.

2006

The Kit Shop moves to new premises, allowing for growth and product development - seen here with illustrator Nick Sharratt, surrounded by products he has designed exclusively for Peters!

2009

Rhydian Peters appointed Chairman of the company, taking over from his father, Malcolm, on his retirement.

2012

Peters Bookselling Services and the Kit Shop are rebranded as Peters Books & Furniture, and the Furniture operation, including a new furniture showroom, is moved into the main premises.

2015

Peters continues to flourish at the Bromsgrove Street site, with both books and furniture all under one roof.

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