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    • 27th December 2014
    Introducing… Our Skills for the Future graduate trainee

    My name is Sarah Ganderton. I love museums, charity shops, crafts, movies, chocolate and warm woolly socks. I joined the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service as a Skills for the Future Trainee in July.  This is through a Heritage Lottery Funded project called Growing Worcestershire’s Treasures.  On our training scheme seven of us have the...

    • 25th December 2014
    A Christmas truce in the trenches

    Christmas is upon and in the season of good will we bring you evidence of how the same sentiments we value at this time of year still rang true even amongst those fighting in the trenches during the First World War. An extract from the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment War Diary  for Christmas Day 1914...

    • 23rd December 2014
    The Case of the Stolen Christmas Goose

    Our Learning and Outreach Manager, Paul Hudson, has found a festive treat of a story amongst our Quarter Sessions papers:  “Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat…” …so goes the rhyme, and until recently many families had a goose at the centre of their Christmas meal. So it was a bad time for you...

    • 17th December 2014
    Algars Manor: Oats and more underneath the floor

    The owner of Algars Manor at Iron Acton in Gloucestershire recently lifted some floor boards on the first floor of his house during building renovations, and was surprised to find a bed of material that looked like wheat, chaff or straw beneath. He was interested to find out what this material was, and if it...

    • 15th December 2014
    Worcestershire Mental Health Records Cataloguing Project

    Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service have been awarded a one year grant by the Wellcome Trust to conserve and catalogue the historic archives of Powick and Barnsley Hall Hospitals.  Powick Hospital was founded in 1852 as the Worcestershire City and County Lunatic Asylum and Barnsley Hall was opened in 1899 to relieve the pressure on...

    • 15th December 2014
    Book sale at The Hive – 19th December

    On 19th December, between 1pm and 4pm, Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service are offering those interested in the history of the County the opportunity to purchase stock that is no longer part of the local studies and archaeology reference collection.  We are keen that our customers and local people have the opportunity to purchase items,...