Monday, 26 November 2012

How well do you know your tackle?

Would you be able to tell us what any of the following are?

Brown Hackle Peacock
Bloody Mary
Green Midge
Golden Pheasant
Jenny Spinner
Orange Otter
Red Furnace
Yellow Peril
Colonel Dowman's Fancy
Treacle Parkin
Turkey Tip
Welsh Partridge
Imperial Fly
Yellow Sally
Bloody Doctor

Sound familiar? They are actually all different types of fishing flies.

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service has recently acquired a small deposit of records originating from Fishing Tackle manufacturers, Martinez & Bird, Redditch. We have been able to secure these records for future preservation and use thanks to the kind support of the Friends of Worcestershire Archives.

The deposit includes a couple of pattern books, which give detailed descriptions of the fishing fly design – for instance:
  • The Alexandra: tail red feather; body – silver, flat; hackle – black hen; wind – sword peacock with red swan on each side;
  • The Alder: body – peacock; hackle – black hen; wing – speckled hen
  • And the Broader Greenwell: body – yellow silk rib, gold wire; inner hackle – Greenwell; head hackle – Blue Dun.

The deposit also includes a signed first edition of a book entitled The Trout and we also have a number of original hooks and flies.  

This collection has now been accessioned and is held in our secure strongrooms. As the documents are as yet uncatalogued users should give advanced notice if they wish to view the items. Please contact us if you are intending to visit.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Public Services Quality Group Survey of visitors to UK archives 2012

Do you wish to feedback comments about the archive service at The Hive? Now is your opportunity to contribute to the development of our future service provision…

From Monday 19th to Sunday 25th November we will be asking for your thoughts on the Archive Service at The Hive. The results will be analysed and, where possible, will inform improvements to the service.  This forms part of a national survey which runs every 18 months and gives us the opportunity to regularly review and benchmark our service.

We would be very grateful for your participation and will take your comments very seriously. This provides you with the perfect occasion to have your say about Archive services at The Hive since we opened in July.
The information you give will be treated confidentially and will not identify you in any way. We will not pass your information to anyone else – it will only be used by Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service to help make improvements.

Please note, however, that you can only take part if you are at least 16 years of age.

Please come and visit us next week and be sure to have your say!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

New DVD of Historic Film Footage

A new DVD is about the come out featuring archival film footage from around the county. Films have come from the collections of the Media Archive for Central England as well as our collections. One of the highlights will be the visit by Winston Churchill in May 1950 to receive the freedom of the city. Other subjects covered will be asparagus growing industry, floods, carpet making and Belbroughton scythemaking.

Bredon Spire

We know that historic films are always very popular. Over 2000 people have come along to the screenings we have done around the county over the last few years, and we often got asked if it was for sale. The Media Archive for Central England have now got a compilation of some of the most popular clips for sale.

In the asparagus fields

The DVD is being previewed at The Hive on Thursday 22nd November. At 2pm the editor, Andy McKay, will introducing a selection of films from the DVD. These will then be repeated at 3pm and 4pm for anyone unable to come the first screening. DVDs may be on sale on the day, for £14.99, and will then be on sale from the Explore the Past desk in the run up to Christmas.

Worcester Cathedral

If you are interested in seeing these films please come along to The Studio (behind the large painting on level 1) at 2pm on Thursday 22nd November.

For more details please email

Living through the floods

Scythe making in Belbroughton