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  • 22nd October 2017
Enhancement of the Worcestershire Ceramics Online Database

Interested in pottery identification? Our recently updated reference resource is freely available online to help anyone trying to identify pottery that was made or used in Worcestershire. Since 2003, the Worcestershire Ceramics Online Database has made the Worcestershire ceramic fabric type series accessible to all. The database holds information on all of the pottery fabrics found...

  • 12th October 2017
Worcester Heritage in Minecraft

In May to July 2017 The Infirmary was awarded funding from Heritage Lottery Fund. They ran two programmes to engage young people with heritage from Worcestershire using Minecraft and LEGO, called Virtually Rebuilding Worcestershire’s Lost Buildings. One of the buildings they were looking at was Powick Asylum, and we helped the young people find out...

  • 10th October 2017
German military map of Worcestershire

One of our fascinating recent deposits here at Worcestershire Archive Service is a German map of the county, which was part of the “Sonderausgabe!” or “Special Editions” published between 1937 and 1940. These were copies of the Ordnance Survey half-inch maps, scaled up to 1:100.000 to put them in line with standard German maps issued...