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Archive

Posts from February 2014


  • 28th February 2014
Treasures from Worcestershire’s Past: ~14~ The Devil’s Spadeful

While checking our local history references books I came across a bound poem, written in Bewdley in 1839 by George Griffith its title ‘The Devil’s Spadeful’ rang a bell. Between Kidderminster and Bewdley is a large area of heath and woodland called the Rifle Range, which is used by scouts, horse riders and walkers and was a...

  • 25th February 2014
Manorial Documents Register Project Update February 2014

Today we bring you an update post from Bethany Hamblen, Manorial Documents Register Project Archivist: This month, it’s back to basics as we begin to look at what a manor actually was, what it did, and how historians believe the manor changed over time.  Future posts will go into greater detail about the manor’s physical...

  • 8th February 2014
National Libraries Day – Our Local Studies & Archaeology Library

On Level 2 in The Hive, on the Explore the Past floor, is the Local Studies & Archaeology Library. Over 12,000 books are here covering Worcestershire, subjects connected to the county, and archaeology. All out books are on the catalogue http://capitadiscovery.co.uk/worcs/  so you can check to see what we have, and they are all reference...

  • 6th February 2014
Love and Death in the Archives: a workshop on parish records

Parish Records are one of the most heavily used sources within the archives we hold, especially the parish registers which detail the baptisms, marriages and burials of millions of Worcestershire’s residents over the past 450 years. A page from a Tenbury parish register, dated 1843 On 18th February we are running a two hour workshop looking at...