Wednesday, 18 March 2015

News from the Worcester Cathedral roundabout dig




The excavations on the Cathedral roundabout, which are the first in a series of investigative works to support the Worcester Cathedral square improvement scheme, have now begun. We are in the process of arranging a location for an exhibition to allow us to share information about our discoveries, and there will be plenty of opportunities to get onto site and have a tour. We are also creating a blog, which we will use to share the story of the site and what has been uncovered. If you have stories about the houses we are uncovering we hope to provide opportunities for these to be shared. We will let you know more in the next week or two when plans are in place.




In the meantime, please be aware that the dig is in the middle of a very busy road. Public interest in the excavation is high but we don't want to cause any accidents so please be patient and in 2-3 weeks we should be ready and safe.



Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Step back in time with Tudor Day at The Hive



On Saturday we will be turning the clock back to the year 1575 in the Children's Library here at The Hive - Queen Elizabeth is about to visit Worcester and the city is making preparations.

Paul Harding, from Discover History, will be here in costume and armed with replica artefacts, to talk about what it would be like to live in Worcester in 1575 and how people would have prepared for the Queen's visit.

We will have documents from the archives, which tell us about how Worcester prepared - including instructions that all dung hills were to be taken away! There will be opportunity to draw an illuminated letter, based on decorated documents we have, and compare modern Worcester with a map of Elizabethan Worcester to see how the city has changed over the centuries. You can also find out about the link between Elizabeth I, Worcester and the Black Pear. There will be a treasure trail round the children's library with a Tudor theme and displays of history books to borrow.

The event runs from 10am to 3pm, is free, and you can drop in any time.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Explore Maps workshop at The Hive


All good adventures begin with a map, or so goes the saying. Certainly lots of research here has been fuelled by maps and plans. As visual documents they draw you in, and contain lots of valuable information. For instance the other week Rob, our Community Archaeologist, came across the fields Near Piesland and Big Piesland on the Upton Warren Tithe Map. Who wouldn't want to live there?




Our Explore Maps workshop is returning to The Hive on Monday 16th March. The workshop will cover the wide variety of maps we hold, such as Ordnance Survey, Tithe, Enclosure, town plans, Goad, footpath and manuscript maps. You may already be familiar with some of these but our workshops often throw up new sources and maps, which people have not come across before; one example is the 1910 Land Valuation maps, sometimes referred to as 'New Domesday'. There will be examples of original maps out on display, which participants of our workshops always enjoy looking at. We will also look at how to search the catalogues and indexes so you can find the maps that could help you.

The workshop runs from 10am to 3pm, with a break in the middle, and costs £14. To book please email explorethepast@worcestershire.gov.uk or phone 01905 766352.