Posts from May 2013

  • 29th May 2013
Lord of the Rings inspiration in the archives

Amongst our archives we hold a sales catalogue for a Tudor property known as Bag End, in the parish of Dormston. The sales catalogue dates from 1931. Paul Hudson, Learning and Outreach Manager says: “I came across this sales catalogue a few years ago, shortly after seeing the final film in the Lord of the Rings series....

  • 24th May 2013
Friends of Worcestershire Archives – new website now live

The Friends of Worcestershire Archives have been supporting the work of our service since its establishment in the 1970s. To find out more about their work, how you can get involved and about their programme of upcoming events visit their newly launched website at:

  • 21st May 2013
An insight into the life of Russian aristocracy during the Napoleonic era

As quite often happens when you are looking through the catalogues for particular archives, other entries tend to catch your eye! This happened recently when we spotted a journal written by Elizabeth Milbank in 1812 and deposited with us in 2000. At the time Elizabeth was staying with the Countess Heiyden at her house in...

  • 16th May 2013
Another chance to explore with us

We are about the rerun our popular series of Ancestry website workshops. The workshops have enabled many people to start using this website and have allowed those already familiar with the site to really get the most out of it. This website, an important resource for anyone looking to trace their family tree, is available free to access in The...

  • 16th May 2013
Our new Archive and Archaeology website is now live

Since Worcestershire Record Office and Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service combined to become Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service we have been working to create a website which reflects the joint nature of our service. The website is now live and available for you visit at: We’d love to hear your feedback on the...

  • 6th May 2013
May Celebrations

It is now May, and with two bank holidays and half term holidays at the end of the month it’s a time for fun. May has always been a special time with celebrations going back centuries, and these can be found reflected in the archives. Maypole dancing in Hallow, 1950              © Berrow’s Worcester Journal In Hallow they...

  • 2nd May 2013
Historic Wyre Forest: interactive Lidar website

The ancient Forest of Wyre conceals a landscape that has had a very long, rich and diverse history. Over 8,000 years ago temporary settlements sprang up overlooking the Severn Valley. These seasonal camps supported small extended families that gathered wild harvest, fished the river and hunted. 300 years ago, Wyre was entering a period of...