Beyond the City Wall

  • 19th March 2012

The Heritage Lottery Funded project work on the Worcester City Archives is now coming to an end and to celebrate Justin Hughes and Beth Roper, Outreach Workers have been working on an opening exhibition for the studio space in the Hive, called ‘Beyond the City Wall’.

The exhibition will chart the history of the ground on which the Hive stands: from the Romans to the present day, as discovered through archaeological finds, archive material and oral history accounts.  We have been working with interpretation designers, InHeritage to produce a multi-media exhibition, a children’s trail and activities which we hope will attract a broad audience to the building and encourage further research on the History Floor. 

As the three and a half year Worcester Archive Source Project (WASP) draws to a close, we are spending some time making contact with people from all over Worcester who have been involved in community celebrations with us, with volunteering or have given very insightful and charming oral history accounts.  We are looking forward to welcoming them to special exhibition open days in the summer.  If you have been involved with WASP, you may well be hearing from us soon!

We are also reviewing work carried out by graphic design students at the University of Worcester, which explores a description of the medieval city boundary in 1497.  The document is part of the Worcester City Collection, and is bound in a volume of ‘ordinances’, or local laws for the city.  The document is a ‘perambulation’ of the city boundary and describes the scene at the limits of the city. It’s like a real window on the past!  It has provided inspiration for graphic design work by the students (who loved getting their creative minds around it!), plus inspiration for a historic walk around the old city bounds – an event open to all with reasonable fitness levels and decent footwear!   It was very inspiring to work with the University and see how three talented young people made sense of the archive material and turned it into art.

As these events are planned and the exhibition is coming together, we are very excited to see lots of people there; please come and see us!

Beth & Justin

Event details:

Beyond the City Wall – The Hive gives up the clues to its past

The Studio, The Hive, Sawmill Lane (you’ll see why it’s called that!)

From July 2012

·         Archive & archaeology exhibition

·         Children’s activities

·         Audio – visual display

Medieval Worcester – walking the city boundary

Wednesday 28th March

·         Discover some of the tales of medieval Worcester, as described in the archive

·         10am

·         2pm

·         Please book a place by calling Discover History on 07949222137, or email:

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