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Posts from March 2014


  • 28th March 2014
Treasures from Worcestershire’s Past: ~18~ Salwarpe Purse

This week’s Treasure is an embroidered purse chosen by Julia Pincott, Archives Assistant. Here Julia explains more about this unusual item, which has been found amongst one of the parish collections held within the Archive Service at The Hive: One of the more unusual items to be found in the Worcestershire Archives is a highly...

  • 25th March 2014
New index now available online – Powick Hospital admission registers, 1854-1906

For the first time Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service has made available online an index to the Powick Hospital admission registers. Held within our secure strongrooms at The Hive we have a series of original admission registers for Powick Hospital, formerly known as the Worcester County Pauper and Lunatic Asylum. Staff have been working hard over several years to...

  • 21st March 2014
Treasures from Worcestershire’s Past: ~17~ a LiDAR image of the 17th century coal mines, Cliff Wood, Wyre Forest near Pound Green

This week’s Treasure has been chosen by Adam Mindykowski, Historic Environment Countryside Advisor. Here Adam explains how using the LiDAR technique during surveying can bring historic features to life on our modern landscape: In 2007 an archaeological landscape survey of the Wyre Forest was commissioned as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Grow With Wyre project....

  • 14th March 2014
Treasures from Worcestershire’s Past: ~16~ ‘Devonshire Brown’

This week’s Treasure is a will chosen by Vicky Fletcher, Archivist. Here Vicky explains why this will in particular sparked an interest: Whilst cataloguing some material from Worcester City Council, I came across a copy of a will from 1797 in which a widow is leaving her wearing apparell ‘except my Devonshire brown silk dress’...

  • 7th March 2014
Treasures from Worcestershire’s Past: ~15~ A Victorian Chemist’s recipe book

This week’s Treasure has been chosen by Jonathan Brusby, Digitiser. Here he explains how he discovered so much more than first expected when working with a Victorian recipe book:    This treasure is a family recipe book which isn’t what it seems. Inside there are many inedible concoctions, made with very strange ingredients like Eau...

  • 6th March 2014
Upcoming Event: New Insights into Tudor Worcestershire

Last year the Friends of Worcestershire Archives helped us with the purchase of a fascinating document sent to Worcester by Edward VI, shortly after succeeding his father, Henry VIII. This is now in the care of Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, and the Friends have organised an event to look into Worcester at the time...