Friday, 25 September 2015

Archaeology Day School 2015

Our annual Archaeology Day School will take place on Saturday 21st November 10am-5pm. There'll be a wide range of talks from our archaeologists and from guest speakers about recent archaeological work and projects in the county.

The topics covered will include:

  • Fascinating Finds
  • Copcutt Excavations
  • Worcester's Civil War Siegeworks
  • Dig Lich St
  • Bromsgrove High St
  • Historic Environment Record's Volunteer Projects
  • Manorial Documents Project
  • Managing Rural Buildings and Landscapes

Photo © English Heritage NMR 27792/019
 This large scale, isolated farmstead, located to the west of the village of Naunton Beauchamp is on the site of a small medieval manor, believed to have been created during the land hunger of the 13th and 14th centuries. 

The event takes places at the University of Worcester, with the lectures in the main Lecture Theatre and refreshments in the Cotswold Suite, above reception, where there will also be displays and bookstalls.

The events costs £20 and can be booked online through The price includes drinks at the start and morning and afternoon breaks. Lunch is not included and you can either bring your own or purchase refreshment from the University's catering outlets.

Dig Lich St
For more information please email or ring 01905 766352.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

House History

Have you ever wondered about the history of your house? How old is it? Who lived there? Or perhaps there is a local building you want to find out more about.

House history is increasingly popular, and we have plenty of people come in wanting to do this and find out about their house, or a building they are connected with. Often they are not sure where to begin so ask our advice. Even if they have done some family history research or used us for another reason we often get asked where to start looking as there are slightly different sources.

We have a workshop on Saturday 3rd October which will be able to help you. We will look at what documentary evidence is available and where to find it here. We'll have examples of what can be discovered, and will use two examples – Great Malvern Railway Station and an ordinary semi-detached in St John's.

The workshop runs from 10am-1pm in The Hive. It is £10 and needs to be booked in advance – the last two workshops both sold out. It can be booked online at

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Family History

Autumn is always a time when we see an increase in people coming  in and saying "I'm interested in starting my family history, where do I begin?". You may be looking for a new activity now summer is over and  always wanted to have a go. You may be inspired by the latest series of Who Do You Think You Are? or maybe you've come across some family story  that you want to check out.
We are an ideal place to come to as we have a wealth of resources. We have on-line access to many national records, so we can help most people, but if you have Worcestershire ancestors we have an even greater range of information which can help.
We are used to people visiting to research family history and many members of staff research their own, so we can empathise with you. We also run a range of workshops to help you, with different options depending on what you need.

First Steps in Family History
We run monthly 1 hour introductions to our resources. Each session takes up to five people and although we can't focus on your own family we will try to use them as examples to demonstrate the resources.
£5 – first Tuesday of the month 11:30am

Starting Family History
If you would like an in-depth look at family history and a deeper understanding of the sources then we run two part workshops. These look at the basic principles of how to research your family tree and the main sources such as civil registration, census, and parish registers. We'll explain what they are and what they contain, as well as what they don't contain. After each session there will be time to use the computers to put your learning into practice and start your research.
Workshops cost £15 and you can choose a Tuesday morning (29 Sept & 6 Oct) or Saturday morning (10 & 17 Oct)

Exploring Ancestry
One of the most useful places to search is the website, which contains civil registration indexes, census records and other key sources. We run specific workshops about the website to help you get the most out of it. Each one last two hours and we start in one of our meeting rooms before moving on to the computers to have a go at putting into practice what you've learnt. As the focus will be on the history sources and using the website participants should already be comfortable with using computers and the internet. Workshops are £6 each and you can choose to come to one or all three.

Starting Ancestry: The census (8 Oct 2pm) – an introduction to the website focusing on the census, the starting point for many people using Ancestry, looking at the background to this resource and how the way it was compiled can affect what you find or don't find.

Further Ancestry: Beyond the Census (15 Oct 2pm) – moving on to other key resources for family history, including electoral registers, civil registration, parish records and military records.

What's New on (22 Oct 2pm) – new sources are being added all the time and even if you use Ancestry regularly it's hard to keep up to date. This workshop will look at what has been added over the past couple of years. This is ideal for those who have been using the website for a while and just want to find out what else is on there.

To book any of these go to For more details email or ring 01905 766352.