Friday, 26 April 2013

Walkpast 2013 - book your places now

We are once again running our popular guided archaeology walks. Six different walks, starting Sunday 12th May, will take you to different locations explaining about the archaeology of the local area.

Walks cost £6 each. To book a place please send a cheque for £6 (payable to Worcestershire County Council) to Hive Admin, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PB. For more information please e-mail or ring 01905 766352. The meeting point will be sent out after you have booked.

Bredon Hill & Kemerton Camp
Sunday 12th May 2-5pm
We will travel back in time as we climb up the hill.  Passing through a deserted medieval settlement and chapel site, and discovering Anglo Saxon and Roman occupation along the way.  Then on to the summit to explore the spectacular Iron Age hillfort, and the site of an unusual Beaker burial.
5km. *** (very steep climb up hill and three stiles)

Beoley and Church Hill, Redditch
Saturday 8th June 2-5pm
Unlike the usual Walkpast, this walk is predominantly within the village of Holt End and Church Hill housing estate.  It is surprising what survives within a normal residential area.  The reasons why the earthworks survive are even more surprising. 
5km. ** (No stiles but two steep slopes).

Malvern Hills and the Geopark
Saturday 6th July
From the Geopark Centre the route will take us north along the famous Shire Ditch into parkland. Walking along ancient holloways through a wooded landscape dotted with quarries, we will see a variety of archaeological features and visit some very well preserved limekilns.
5km. *** (hills and woodland)

Worcester – Beyond the City Walls
Saturday 3rd August 2-5pm
In a 1497 a Perambulation document describes a 'circular' walk along Worcester's city boundary – taking in archaeology and archival evidence of the medieval town and its defences. So from the Guildhall we will walk to the river, over to St Johns via the Chapter Meadow and return via canal towpath at Lowesmoor.
5km. ** easy walking

Bromsgrove Historic Town
Sunday 15th September 2-5pm
This is a town walk exploring historic Bromsgrove, from its early origins, through the development of a market town in the 13th century and industries including nailmaking in the 18th century. 
5km. ** Flat, mostly small lanes, a few public footpaths

Saturday 5th October  2-5pm
Starting from the Church, the walk will explore the history of the settlement from Prehistoric fortifications to WW2 defences, via Roman routeways, Saxon burials, medieval settlement patterns and the turbulent events of the Civil War.
5.3km. ** Flat, mostly small lanes, a few public footpaths

You will be sent the location of the meeting place, maps and other details by email once you have booked your place.

There will be farm animals and horses in some fields so please do not bring dogs.
Sorry but walks are not suitable for small children.

Planning Drop-In Sessions

On the morning of Friday 26 April our Historic Environment Planning Office, will be starting monthly drop in sessions. These will be talk through how the historic environment could affect planning applications you may be thinking about.

The historic environment is a material consideration in determining planning applications, and many developers are still unclear as the potential impact it may have on their development.  Mike sees all planning applications for the county to comment upon, which number around 380 per month. Early consultation is an effective way of understanding and managing this risk.   So if you would like to know if the historic environment may affect your development proposals, and what you need to do to make application compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework, then  why not come in for a informal  and confidential chat.

It isn't just Worcestershire that Mike has advised on, as he has also given Historic Environment advice to Ambridge. The BBC contacted him a few years ago to talk through a storyline about a development, and asked him for information as to how archaeology could potentially impact what happened. This was then built into the story to ensure accuracy.

Mike Glyde, Historic Environment Planning Officer, said, "The Historic Environment forms part of the planning process, but often small developers and individuals are not sure what role it plays. I'm happy to talk to people by appointment, but these drop in sessions provide another opportunity to find out more, and ways in which we can help."

Mike will be in the Business Lounge on Level 2 of The Hive from 10am to 1pm on the last Friday of the month for a pre-application drop in shop. Just pop in to see him. If you want to speak to him at other times you can e-mail him on

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Museums + Heritage Awards 2013

We are thrilled to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Museums + Heritage Awards for 2013! Our Touch History table has been shortlisted for the Innovations category of the Awards, which will take place on 15th May.

The Touch History table can be found on level 2 at The Hive and is freely available for people to come and play around with. By working with the University of Birmingham's Digital Heritage Demonstrator project we are looking at ways visitors can use the table to explore the past at The Hive.

It really is an exciting innovation and attracts a lot of attention from visitors of all ages. We are currently using the table to showcase Worcestershire's rich history, with 6 albums of photos, documents, maps and digital paintings. You can move these images around with your hands and zoom in and out with just a pinch of your fingers. It is also possible for small groups to use the table together and we often see families and school groups using it at the same time.

Content will be refreshed periodically so there will always be something new to explore. Next time you're at The Hive why don't you come to the Explore the Past floor and Touch History too?

Keep your fingers crossed for the awards ceremony and we will keep you updated with the result!